From press release
She’s a living legend, and she’s coming to Rockford. Judy Collins, whose illustrious music career has spanned decades, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., downtown. Joining her will be guest Kenny White.
Her early musical background was classical piano, and by age 10, Judy was studying with mentor Antonia Brico, famed orchestral conductor. At age 13, Judy made her public debut performing Mozart’s
Concerto for Two Pianos.
But, inspired by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, by 16, she had changed to playing guitar, and soon was singing at folk clubs in Denver, Boulder and Central City, Colo. Going East, she sang at the Gate of Horn in Chicago, and in New York at the Greenwich Village folk clubs. In 1961, Jac Holzman of Elektra Records signed her to what would become a 35-year involvement with the company, beginning with her first three traditional music albums.
In the ’60s, Collins was drawn to the social activists, and joined up with artists such as Jim (Roger) McGuinn, who later formed The Byrds. She soon established her eclectic nature, beginning with her 1966 album In My Life. She also began playing piano again, and on her next album, Wildflowers, she asked Joshua Rifkin to arrange the album for orchestra, breaking new ground in contemporary songs. This was a turning point in her career, giving Judy her first major single,
Both Sides Now,
and earning her the first of many Grammy nominations.
In 1972, Collins released the renowned collection Colors of the Day, which for more than 30 years has remained one of WEA’s Top 50 catalogue albums. She began the 1990s with the inspired Fires of Eden, a collection of mostly original songwriting, including her
Soon after, Collins recorded an all-Bob Dylan album, Judy Collins Sings Dylan: Just Like a Woman, which got rave reviews.
In 1995, Judy Collins became a UNICEF Special Representative for the Arts. Driven to action by an unjust war, she wrote
Song for Sarajevo.
In her capacity as Special Representative for the Arts, she has made several visits to the former Yugoslavia and Vietnam. In 1997, she unveiled her long-awaited anthology, Forever: The Judy Collins Anthology. This collection contains her most treasured hits, as well as rarer pieces; it is the summation of her 35 years and 19 albums with Elektra Records.
Tickets for the Coronado performance are $41.50. Call (815) 968-0595, order online at www.coronadopac.org or visit the Coronado Box Office.
From the October 7-13, 2009 issue