Mount Union Presents Jazz Musicians as 2015 Wolf Lecture
March 19, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Virtuoso jazz trombonist Bob Ferrel and special guest vocal stylist Helen Welch will present “A Concert of Timeless Jazz Classics” as the Wolf Lecture on Music Education and English at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mount Union.
Ferrel attended Northern Illinois University and Jersey City State College before he began his professional career traveling worldwide with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has also performed with various music groups including Southside Johnny and the Jukes and the Spirit and Life Ensemble. Ferrel has appeared in the Touchstone movie, “Adventures in Babysitting” and has made multiple appearances on MTV. He has recorded more than 50 LPs/CDs and recently completed a tour in Paris, France.
Welch, a native of England, is a critically acclaimed vocalist who is known for her diverse range of music compositions. She has appeared on Broadway in productions such as “Hello Dolly!,” “Oliver Twist,” “Show Boat” and “Carousel.” After her time on Broadway, Welch recorded in London and became the president of Big Wow Productions. Welch currently lives in Northeast Ohio and has performed at venues including Severance Hall, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Theatre, Akron Civic Theatre, Blossom Music Center and the Chautauqua Institute. She has performed with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Akron Symphony.
Ferrel and Welch will be joined on stage by Theron Brown, piano; Jim Rupp, drum set and Dave Morgan, acoustic bass.
The John and Eleanor Mincks Wolf Lecture in Music Education and English was established with gifts in 1999 and 2009 to honor the memory of John ’47 and Eleanor (Mincks) Wolf. Distributions from the endowed fund are used to bring professionals in the disciplines of music education or English to campus.
Complimentary tickets for the lecture are now available. Fill out the online form or call (330) 821-2565 for more information.
Year of the Arts
The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts. Check mountunion.edu for an updated event schedule throughout the year.