Judy Collins has for decades inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs and a firm commitment to social activism. The legendary performer and activist will be performing at the McCallum Theatre at 8 p.m., Friday, March 11.
The performance is presented through the generosity of Phyllis and Gary Schahet.
In the 1960s, Collins evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for more than a half-century.
The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Collins’ dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several Top 10 hits, as well as gold- and platinum-selling albums. In 2008, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
Prolific as ever, Collins in February 2022 is slated to release Spellbound, her 29th album—and the first in her career to feature only songs she wrote.
Collins recorded a DVD special (with a CD companion), released in 2017, called Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim, in her hometown of Denver. Along with the Greely Philharmonic Orchestra, Collins dazzled the audience with Sondheim’s beautiful songs and her lovely, radiant voice. Collins also released a collaborative album in June 2016, Silver Skies Blue, with writing partner Ari Hest. Silver Skies Blue was Grammy nominated for Best Folk Album in 2017—the first Grammy nomination for Collins in more than 40 years.
Collins has also authored several books, including the powerful and inspiring Sanity and Grace, and her extraordinary memoir, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music. In Cravings, released in 2017, she provides a no-holds barred account of her harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating, and the journey that led her to a solution.
Collins remains a social activist, representing UNICEF and numerous other causes. She is the director (along with Jill Godmillow) of an Academy Award-nominated film, Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world—and Collins’ classical piano teacher when she was young.
Please note that proof of vaccination is required for entry into all McCallum Theatre performances. Masks must be worn at all times. For updated information on health and safety protocols, please visit www.mccallumtheatre.com.
Tickets for this performance are priced at $85, $65 and $35. Tickets are available at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.