Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Presented by PNC
Judy Collins, vocalist – Robert Treviño, conductor
Music Hall, 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, February 10, 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling: (513) 381-3300 or www.cincinnatipops.org
After a 20 year hiatus, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra again welcomes singer-songwriter Judy Collins at Music Hall for a one-night-only concert event. On Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m. she will performing some of her most popular songs that defined the folk generation of the ‘60s such as “Both Sides Now”, “Chelsea Morning” and “Send in the Clowns,” all clothed in the full orchestral splendor that is the Cincinnati Pops conducted by CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño. Throughout her 50 year career, Ms. Collins has encapsulated contemporary times and themes with her poignant lyrics and simple interpretations. Her latest album, Bohemian, continues her legacy, speaking once again to her own restless creative spirit and that of her legions of fans of all ages.
The Cincinnati Pops is grateful to The August A. Rendigs Jr. and Helen J. Rendigs Foundation, W. Rodger Fry Trustee, and the Firm of Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis for the generous sponsorship of this concert. The Media Sponsor for this performance is CET. The Pops Series Presenting Sponsor is PNC. The ArtsWave partner company for this performance is GE Aviation.
Judy Collins, Vocalist
One of the major interpretive singers of the 1960s, Judy Collins has recorded songs by such celebrated songwriters as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger. Yet over the course of her illustrious 47-year career, she has recorded only one song — “In My Life” — by the most legendary songwriting team of them all: John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
“Hard to believe, isn’t it?” says Collins, who recorded “In My Life” in 1966 and included it on her groundbreaking album of the same title. “I think I was meant to wait and do their songs all at once.” She is referring, of course, to her new CD, Judy Collins Sings Lennon & McCartney, her 44th album, which is due on her own label, Wildflower Records, on July 17th. Sung in Collins’ pure, angelic soprano, the 12 tracks, all familiar classics from the Beatles’ colossal catalog, sound just as inspired today as they did 40 years ago. “I just chose what I like,” Collins says, “though we did limit the selections to Lennon and McCartney. These are their short, sweet, perfect songs.”
Hence, the listener is treated to “Blackbird” (“divine, haunting, and next to ‘In My Life,’ probably my favorite Beatles song,” Collins says); “Penny Lane” (“the images are so evocative”); “Norwegian Wood” (“it brings me right back to the ’60s and all the dreams we had”); “Good Day Sunshine” (“so lighthearted, we needed a lot of that in those days”); “Hey Jude” (“very uplifting to me”); “Yesterday” (“a gorgeous song that always reminds me of old lovers and friends”); “The Long and Winding Road” (“such a bitter sweetness about it”), and “We Can Work It Out,” which takes on new meaning in 2007 given the political climate in the world. “That song is very relevant to me because it talks about a way to do things differently,” Collins says. “That we don’t have to be angry and mean to get our way.
“What’s going on in the world today culturally and politically, well, I have a feeling that’s why I did this album now,” she continues. “We’re faced with so many of the same problems. I mean, it’s an enormous struggle for us to get clear of this awful condition that we’ve inadvertently brought upon the planet. Once again, we have to figure out how to live with it and what to do about it. We were in the same boat 40 years ago.”