Holland Symphony presents: Pops at the Pier!
Holland Symphony presents: POPS AT THE PIER: First Ladies of Song with Helen Welch
Thursday June 20, 2019
Pops at the Pier on Thursday, June 20th will be a rousing evening of music, food and fun with Holland Symphony and guest, Helen Welch! A food truck from Pig on the Fly BBQ will be at the concert with perfect summer food selections available for sale. Beer and wine are also available for purchase inside the shed starting at 6:00pm with a jazz trio performing for pre-concert enjoyment. The Holland Symphony begins at 7:00pm featuring Helen Welch, an internationally acclaimed vocalist, entertainer, producer and band-leader. Her unique talent for arranging songs to make them her own, coupled with her ability to intimately engage her audience, has quickly earned her a large and devoted following around the globe. More details may be found on the website at www.hollandsymphony.org. There are plenty of chairs available at the Shed but you are welcome to bring your own. Tickets for the show will be $25 Adults and $5 Students. Tickets are available from the Symphony office at 616-796-6780, online or at the door prior to the concert.
The Holland Symphony will take the stage at 7:00pm under the baton of Music Director, Johannes Müller Stosch! This concert will be sure to include something for all musical tastes and ages. Support for Helen Welch provided in part though a grant from The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The concert sponsor is Advance Capital Management.
The League will once again hold their annual fund-raiser called “Our Favorite Things” Auction. Bidding will be prior to the concert between 5:30 and 7:30.
For more information, contact the Holland Symphony Orchestra:
Mail: PO Box 2685, Holland, MI 49422-2685
About Helen Welch:
6:00pm: Pre-concert entertainment the Helen Welch Jazz Trio
7:00pm: Holland Symphony with Helen Welch
Eldean Shipyard, Macatawa
Helen Welch is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, entertainer, producer and band-leader. Her unique talent for arranging songs to make them her own, coupled with her ability to intimately engage her audience, has quickly earned her a large and devoted following around the globe.
A native of England, Helen began her career on television’s Romper Room. Since her early success, she has headlined with world-class organizations such as the BBC Big Band, Glenn Miller Europe, Opus One and others at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including: The Ritz, The Savoy, Blenheim Palace, The Grosvenor House Great Room, Claridges and many theatres in London’s West End. Additionally, she held starring roles in a variety of popular musicals including: Hello Dolly, Barnum, Carousel, 42nd Street, Calamity Jane, and Oliver Twist.
After a very successful run in the U.K., Helen relocated to the United States to guest star in the Broadway musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Her immediate success landed her as a fronting vocalist for The Cleveland Orchestra, The Breckenridge Summer Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), The Florida Symphony and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Since that time, Helen has been producing her own shows for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, The Akron Civic Theatre, The Chautauqua Institution and many other theatres and performing arts centers around the country.
In 2006 Helen produced her big band CD One Dream using the nationally renowned Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Rosemary Riddle, daughter of famed arranger Nelson Riddle, gave Helen the original Nelson Riddle arrangement of "Zing Went the Strings of my Heart" for her to perform and record on this CD. Apart from Judy Garland, Helen is the only other vocalist to have used and performed this arrangement on a recording and she still uses it today in her big band performances.
Helen has had world-class symphony pops arrangements for 3 of her productions and has performed with many different symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and in England. Helen was invited twice to perform with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, which is part of the Cleveland Orchestra. For these particular concerts the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation gave Helen permission to go to the Library of Congress in Washington to go through Ella’s collection of music which she then used for these special symphony orchestra concerts at Blossom.
In 2016, her musical release, "Spellbound" was an entry for the Traditional Pop Category of the Grammy Awards.