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JUDY COLLINS TAKES TO COLUMBIA THEATRE STAGE
HAMMOND -- Hailed as one
of the major interpretive folksingers of the 1960s with a pure, sweet soprano
voice, Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide for more than 40 years
with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes.
On July 16, she will bring her music of hope and healing that speaks to
the heart to Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the
Curtain time at the historic downtown
Hammond theater is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Columbia box office,
220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Ticket prices are $35, Orchestra 1
and Loge; $30, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $24, Orchestra 3 and Balcony
2. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays. Tickets are also available
online through ticketweb.com.
Collins’ career began at the age
of 13 when she made her public classic piano debut performing Mozart's
“Concerto for Two Pianos.” However, her love of lyrics was soon recognized
through the music of artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as
well as the songs of the folk revival. Soon Collins began what would become
her lifelong love with the guitar. In 1961, at age 22, she released her
first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow.
No stranger to the Grammy scene,
Collins’ rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” in 1967 has since
been entered into the Grammy’s Hall of Fame. In 1975, one of Collins’ best
known and loved songs, “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen
Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music,” earned “Song
of the Year.”
In September 2003, Collins released
her first book, Sanity and Grace, A Journey of Suicide, Survival and
Strength. Called by Publisher’s Weekly a “frank and revealing personal
work that should resonate with readers who have suffered a similar loss,”
the moving memoir, focuses on the death of her only son, age 33, and the
healing process following his suicide. In the depths of her suffering,
Collins claims to have found relief by reaching out to others for help
and support and focused the book to extend her hand to comfort other
survivors. Collins also wrote a ballad about her tragedy, “Wings of Angels,”
which is recorded on both her Wildflower Festival CD and DVD.
In May, Collins released her first
studio album in eight years, Portraits of an American Girl.
For additional information about
the concert and other events at the Columbia Theatre, contact the theater
office, 985-543-4366, or visit www.columbiatheatre.org.