AN EVENING WITH JUDY COLLINS
Date and Venue 30 March @ 8 pm Orpheum Theatre
Evan Mitchell , Conductor
Judy Collins , Entertainer
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Reviewer Ed Farolan
Legendary Judy Collins! Legendary indeed is this great entertainer who performed for one night only with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Evan Mitchell, in a special concert featuring hits like Both Sides Now, Send in the Clowns, Someday Soon and many more of her classic songs.
My teenage years came back to me remembering how in the 60s she thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique interpretation and style. I'm just amazed that at 70, she could still hit those high notes and hold her breath as she ends her songs. In this concert, she sang a blend of different songs from the Golden era to folksongs and contemporary themes. When she introduced her song "Mountain Girl", she talked about moving from Colorado to New York and meeting such artists as Woody Guthrie, Leonard Cohen and Pete Seeger. She even joked about meeting a drunk in a bar, and punched in, "That was Bob Dylan". Collins is an entertainer indeed. She even got the audience to sing along with her."It's been almost 50 years that I've been doing this", she said. What charisma!
It was a terrific show that lasted more than two hours. There were applauses and shouts for an encore number from the audience, but the house lights came up. I'm sure she would have sung an encore number if the lights didn't come up.
© 2009 Ed Farolan