Judy is ‘Collin’ you to last MIAC event

Lauren Ganger, Staff writer

On April 26 at 7:30 p.m., world-renowned folk singer/songwriter and social activist Judy Collins will be coming to Mercyhurst to give a performance.
The concert is called “An Evening with Judy Collins” and will be the last Mercyhurst Institute of Arts and Culture (MIAC) performance of the 2017-18 season.
Brett Johnson, Ph.D., who directs MIAC, said, “bringing Judy Collins to Mercyhurst involved several months of phone calls and emails with her team, trying to find a date that worked with her busy schedule.”
“Collins, now 78, is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, composing, touring and speaking about mental health and suicide prevention,” Johnson said.
The concert will feature selections from Collins’ 50 albums, which include interpretations of works by other famous musicians in addition to her compositions.
Collins is known for her wide range of recording material, which includes folk music, musical theater, pop music and rock and roll, in addition to her social activism.
While she began her career as a classical pianist, making her debut at 13, she turned toward folk music as a teenager.
While this MIAC season has set a high bar by featuring such big-name performers as Bernadette Peters, Lily Tomlin and Garrison Keillor, Johnson hints that next season will not disappoint.
The roster for next season’s MIAC Live performers will be announced on Monday, April 23.
This concert is sold out; however, tickets to “An Evening with Judy Collins” may be made available the evening of the performance. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m., but the cancellation line can begin earlier.
Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for students and youth and free for Mercyhurst students with IDs.