Power Source Top 20 recording artist Andrew Heller will appear in concert March 20, 2010, at The Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville, CA. His program will be “Mostly Broadway,” featuring a repertoire of (mostly) romantic show tunes, many of which have appeared on his “Broadway Love” and “My Beloved” CDs.
He will also sing some songs from his current recording, “I Believe In Angels,” featuring his HMG/Power Source #2 single “The Great I Am,” as well as the classic inspirational song, “I Believe.”
Andrew, a part-time resident of Zenia, California, is a classically trained pop tenor with three Top 20 singles on national radio. His 2009 concert calendar began with a performance at The Inaugural Gala at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.; in October, he was nominated as Entertainer of the Year by the Inspirational Country Music Association.
His recordings and musical arrangements are known for a rich sound that mixes classic and contemporary ideas and renowned players on the Austin and Nashville scenes. He is a frequent guest of radio DJs nationwide.
In addition to the Inaugural Gala, Heller’s recent appearances include concerts at Hofstra University, the 39th Annual International Festival-Institute at Round Top, SXSW Music and Media Festival, Trinity Music Center, Nashville and The Four Seasons Austin.
“Andrew Heller has the vocal quality and range to make any singer jealous!” says Peter Bay, musical director of the Austin Symphony, with whom Heller performs yearly.
Heller recently returned to a full time pursuit of music after a storied career in high technology. As a youth, Andrew placed first in the New York Young Artist Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was mentored by Leonard Bernstein and the director of The Long School of the Metropolitan Opera. He performed many lead solo roles at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Marble Collegiate Church, and summer stock throughout the East Coast. He put his professional singing career aside (after an ultimatum from his parents) to pursue advanced degrees in science and mathematics, and began his prolific previous career at IBM when he was barely out of his teens. His work at Big Blue and as a venture capitalist has been written about extensively in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
What prompted such a change?
Wife Mary Ann missed his singing so much, she cooked up a scheme with Grammy-nominated Eric Paul in 2003 to produce a CD for her husband. They mocked up a disc with all Mary Ann’s favorite songs on it and wrapped it as a Christmas gift. Andrew thought she had recorded him singing in the shower! A couple of months later, Andrew had recorded his first CD. He has recorded six in total, and now has a record label, DiamonDisc Records, which distributes his own music and a catalog of tasty artists from Willie Nelson/Don Cherry to 2009 Country Music Hall of fame honoree, Charlie McCoy.
Ever a scientist (and an amateur philosopher), Heller says, “Plato said if you have to make a choice among teaching your kids math, chemistry or music, teach music, because kids can learn math and chemistry from music. I’ve been fortunate to experience all three so fully. But there’s little more satisfying than performing — looking out at people who are actually enjoying something you can do that is uniquely part of you. When you can do something that adds to other peoples’ lives like that, you’re very lucky.”
Heller will appear in concert at Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, 101 Arbuckle Ct., Weaverville, CA, 96024 on March 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 and may be purchased online at The Event Website: tapaconline.org.
Visit Heller online at: heller.com.