Divas question and Helen swings with the CJO!

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Helen and the CJO!

Fairmount Temple Auditorium

Led by Paul Ferguson with SPECIAL GUEST Helen Welch! Paul Ferguson, CJO’s gifted arranger and Associate Artistic Directory, leads the CJO in its third annual tribute to Gershwin, Arlen, Bernstein and other Great American Songbook composers, plus modern arrangements of ancient Sephardic melodies. The icing on this cake: sassy, swinging chanteuse Helen Welch.

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Forever for Now is available from Helen's web site by going to:


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Divas question and Helen sings with the CJO!

Happy Friday everyone and what a glorious week it's been! Wowee I've got sunburn on my neck from horse riding outside.
All the horses winter coats are coming out by the handful - I hope now that the weather doesn't change now otherwise they're going to get a bit chilly!!
You remember last year when I asked you for your suggestions for new songs. Well then the year took off at full speed and I had to write the Beatles show, the Xmas show and memorize about a hundred other songs and that first project had to get shelved. Now I have a bit more time and we're going to go back to your song suggestions and start going through them - I have not forgotten about it!

Bring in the Divas! - Your suggestions please!

I would also like your ideas with regards to my 'Bring in the Divas!' show. I've had the show written out for symphony orchestra and we performed the debut with the Ashland Symphony in January. There is room for probably 3 more songs/Divas so I wondered, if you were going to see a female singer with an orchestra (this is important as it's not a rock band remember) do a concert entitled 'Bring in the Divas! - a celebration of the music of the First Ladies of Song' What songs/Divas would you like to hear??
I'll tell you what's already in the show:
Peggy Lee and Fever
Judy Garland and Over the Rainbow / Trolley Song
Billie Holiday and Them There Eyes
Patsy Cline and Walkin' after Midnight
Etta James and At Last
Karen Carpenter - I Won't Last a Day Without You
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Sarah Vaughan - Misty
Aretha Franklin / Carol King - Natural Woman
Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
Barbara Streisand - Evergreen
Doris Day - Perhaps

We've thought about: Tina Turner, Adele (not sure if she's earned Divas status yet?), Natalie Cole (maybe Orange Colored Sky), Whitney Houston and I Will Always Love You (but I think people either love or hate this song). Someone suggested Madonna but I'd rather scoop my eyes out with spoons thanks! Nancy Wilson is a possibility but has limited appeal. We need to think 'broad appeal'!! Someone also suggested Alison Kraus but again I'm not sure she's up there on the Divas scale like the ladies who are already in the show.
Anyway - I'd love your thoughts so let me know! And thank you!

Next weekend is a big band weekend for me. Saturday night I shall be in Meadville PA with the Misery Bay Big Band (formally the Dave Stevens Big Band) at Alleghany College and then Sunday at 4pm in Swinging at the Temple with the fabulous Cleveland Jazz Orchestra!
Also coming up in April is the Sheraton on the 20th and the Packard Jazz Festival on April 26th.
At the end of April I'm off to Canada to sing with the Hamilton Philharmonic. Happily I'm being accompanied by Carl Topliow of the Cleveland Pops who will be conducting - it's an Ohio invasion!! If you know anyone in Hamilton Ontario please let them know - concert is on Saturday 28th.
Enjoy the weekend!

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Helen at Alleghany College

Saturday March 31st. 7.30pm
Shafer Auditorium
Alleghany College

The Misery Bay Big Band with guest artist Helen Welch will perform at Allegheny College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Shafer Auditorium. The performance is free, but concert-goers are encouraged to give a $5 donation at the door to benefit the Meadville Council on the Arts.
For Ticket information: 814-332-3101
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