A Judy Collins Christmas “Deck the Hall”
At the Theatre with Audrey Linden
This Tuesday evening, the Walt Disney Concert Hall "Deck the Hall" series presents singer/songwriter, Judy Collins. She is known for her clear silver-bell soprano voice and her rich tapestry imagery in her original songs. Collins will bring her own brand of holiday cheer to those in the audience for the Christmas season. She will perform Yule filled popular holiday songs as well as some of her greatest hit songs.
Judy Collins was last at the Disney Concert Hall for the American Songbook series in February of 2012. She got a standing ovation even before she started to sing. It is an understatement to say audiences love her. This amazing gal still has the pipes to sing clear and beautiful high notes, and she can stir the depths of our souls with her rich lower register. Judy Collins knows how to tell a story through song. She is indeed a “song weaver.” Her songs are tapestries filled with poetic images.
I was surprised to learn Collins was trained to be a concert pianist and played Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and made her debut at 13 playing Motzart. She sang in opera choirs and was in choral groups. Collins continues to regale audiences with her fine instrument, and the depth of her training is clear. She sings utterly with her soul and makes a strong connection to her songs and to her audience. This tiny, but tall gal knows how to dominate the stage. When Collins has performed songs from her new album, "Bohemian", she accompanies herself on piano and her classical piano training is evident. This is one very well trained and talented lady!
As Collins herself has said, “I’d do a comeback, but I never have stopped performing.” Collins underwent a big change at age 13 when she was studying with her piano teacher and mentor, Antonia Brico to become a concert pianist. By age 14 she had given up piano and decided to become a folk singer, much to Brico’s disappointment. She was influenced by her father who had a radio show and sang standards. Collins quipped that years later, when Brico came to hear her at Carnegie Hall she told Collins, “You could have gone places.”
Collins is indeed a “song weaver” as she uses her voice to show us poetic images rich in colors and textures of imagination. Her interpretations come from the heart without artifice or overblown emotionalism.
Judy Collins album, Bohemian” is available on line at Amazon. And, she has written a book, “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes:’ at her last show at the Disney Concert Hall Collins told the audience, “This is my fifty-second year of getting paid for what I call the second oldest profession in the world." She revealed that she was born in 1939 but she showed the audience she is ageless and still has it. Clearly Collins loves what she does, and we love being there! I again look forward to the gift that Judy Collins is and to a “wonderfilled” evening of holiday songs Tuesday, December 17th.
Call to get tickets for Judy Collins' performance. The "Deck the Hall" series will have: Holiday Organ Spectacular Dec. 18th 8 P M; A Chanticleer Christmas, Dec. 20th, 8 P M; Holiday Sing-Along, Dec. 21st at 11:30 A M and 2:30 P M; Swinging Christmas with The Count Basie, Dec. 23rd 8 P M; and New Year's Eve with Sergio Mendez and Sheila E, Dec. 31st at 7 P M and 10:30 P M.
Next in the American Song Book series will be Mary Chapman Carpenter on Saturday, February 8 th with the Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Vince Mendoza. On Saturday, April 26th, the American Song Book Series will have Cheyenne Jackson performing Music of The Mad Men Era. The Disney Concert Hall is at 111 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles 90012. Call 323-850-2000 for tickets or go on line to www.laphil.com/tickets
Audrey Linden is a writer, actress and singer. She can be seen in a long-running “Associated Tax Resolution” commercial, two “Little Caesars” spots, a “Teva International Pharmaceutical” short, Gene Simmons’ “Family Jewels,” “America’s Court with Judge Ross,” VHS “Tough Love 2,” “Wendy’s” etc.
Audrey teaches ON CAMERA COMMERCIAL and IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOPS through the City of Beverly Hills. To register, call 310-285-6850. Her classes are held at 241 Moreno Dr. B.H. 90212. Her next classes start in January with registration in December. For more information, contact Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org