Evening Music: Helen Welch “Songwriters’ Hall of Fame”

 Saturday, June 20, 2020 
7:30pm-9:00pm  
Steele Memorial Bandstand

Critically acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch returns to open Lakeside's 147th Chautauqua summer season at the Steele Memorial Bandstand with her "Songwriters' Hall of Fame" show.

This concert features hits from Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Elton John and many more.

While some seating is provided in Bettinger Park, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and to practice safe social distancing. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

A native of England, Welch is known for her musical theater roles and dynamic one-woman shows. She is described as having the swing of Ella Fitzgerald and the warm alto tones of Karen Carpenter, combined with soul and a cheeky British sense of humor.

After a very successful run in the UK, Welch relocated to the U.S. to guest star in the Broadway musical Smokey Joe's Cafe. Her immediate success landed her as a fronting vocalist for the Cleveland Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), Florida Symphony and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Since then, Welch has been producing her own shows for Cleveland's Playhouse Square and The Akron Civic Theatre. She is also president of Big Wow Productions and has developed shows in which she had a starring role.

During Welch’s first visit to Lakeside in 2011, she wrote two songs for, and appeared in, the film “Christmas at Maxwell’s,” which was shot at the Maxwell's Hospitality House in 2004.

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