Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins Returns in a Special Performance to Vero Beach

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. She and her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions, return to the Emerson Center stage in a special performance on Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m.

Ms. Collin’s stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s 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-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, 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.  Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust touring schedule. Now 80, Ms. Collins is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that light up the world and speaks to the heart. As quoted in the New York Times recently, “Judy Collins Has a Time Machine… At 80, and with a voice that still resonates, the singer-songwriter is enjoying fancy wigs, Persian cats and performing 120 shows a year.”

Catherine Sullivan is the Silver Sponsor for this concert and the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Indian River County is the non-profit partner.  The MHA is the only mental health care agency in the county that operates a Walk-In & Counseling Center where residents (children and adults) in crisis can go and receive an immediate mental health screening, free of charge without an appointment. They provide a full range of mental health services and accept many insurances. The MHA also operates a Drop-In Center, which provides a safe haven for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, open 365 days per year. It’s okay to get help!

The remainder of the LIVE! From Vero Beach shows to be held at The Emerson Center include: “The Rocket Man Show”- A Tribute to Elton John-Thurs., Feb 20; Classic Albums Live:  “Creedence Clearwater Revival”-Chronicle, Vol. 1-Thurs., Feb 27; “Live and Let Die”-The Music of Paul McCartney-Thurs., Mar. 5; The Kingston Trio-Thurs., Mar. 12; “Broken Arrow”-A Neil Young Tribute-Thurs., Mar. 19; “Space Oddity”-The Ultimate David Bowie Concert Experience-Thurs., Mar 26; Classic Albums Live:  “Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits”-Thurs., Apr. 2; and “Peter Asher” of Peter and Gordon Fame-Thurs., Apr. 9.

Judy Collins tickets purchased in the VIP section for this show include a PRE-SHOW private wine and cheese reception and SPECIAL parking. These seats are in the front of the theatre and are limited. Tickets are on sale now for all concerts. A special ticket discount of 15% off is offered for the purchase of 20 or more tickets (to one or more concerts) in one purchase and will be automatic at time of purchase with no code necessary. For Best Seats…Buy Tickets Now! Visit the website for available seating locations and ticket prices: www.MusicWorksconcerts.com or call (800) 595-4849

Non-profit partners include Cultural Council of IRC, The Emerson Center, Grand Harbor Community Outreach, Indian River Land Trust, VNA & Hospice Foundation and The Mental Health Association in IRC and Quail Valley Charities. In-kind sponsors include ABC Printing as the Printing sponsor and Majestic Theatre as the Screen Sponsor.

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. This show is produced by Rusty Young and Stacey Kasselman Young of MusicWorks, Inc. and Bev and Marty Paris of Paris Productions.  Doors open at 6 p.m.; Seating at 6:30. Come early and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast. An elevator to the 2nd floor balcony is available as well as listening devices from the Emerson Center office. For more information call 772-234-4412.

For more information call Paris Productions at 772-234-4412

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