2009 Gala

Judy Collins Performs at Skaneateles Area Arts Council 2009 Gala

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council will present a concert by Judy Collins at its fifth annual gala, “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream,” Sunday, July 12, 2009. The iconic, multi-Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and author will perform lakeside at the Stella Maris Retreat Center, a former Roosevelt mansion on Skaneateles Lake.

Proceeds from the gala will support the Arts Council’s cultural events and community grants program.

Judy Collins, Skaneateles Area Arts Council 2011 Gala

About the Artist

Few singers have the staying power of folk legend Judy Collins. For nearly 50 years, her poetic lyrics have galvanized a generation. She has released more than 40 albums, and has had numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations, and gold- and platinum- selling albums.

Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. In 2005, she released the long-awaited “Portrait of an American Girl,” her first studio album in eight years. The album remains true to Collins’ style, with an eclectic group of musical numbers that include personal songs written on her own, along with resounding covers of such songs as the Motown hit “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses,” Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” and Bruce Cockburn’s “Pacing the Cage.” She also published a book, “Morning, Noon and Night: Living the Creative Life,” in 2005.

Collins made her public debut at the age of 13 performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival, that sparked her love of lyrics. She soon moved away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar. In 1961, Collins released her first album, “A Maid of Constant Sorrow.” She is known worldwide for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her classic album, “Wildflowers.” “Both Sides Now” has since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Collins’ version of “Send in the Clowns” won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards; it was her version of a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music.”

In Fall 2008, Collins’ label, Wildflower Records, released “Born to the Breed – A Tribute to Judy Collins, Volume I,” featuring original writing and poetry of Collins recorded by such luminaries as Chrissie Hynde, Joan Baez, Rufus Wainwright, Dolly Parton, Shawn Colvin and Leonard Cohen. Steven Holden of The New York Times wrote:  “The record, one of the best of its kind in the notoriously uneven tribute genre, asserts Ms. Collins’ place as a significant composer of impressionist memory songs in which folk and semi-classical elements seamlessly merge.”

The Arts Council’s “Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” gala includes lakeside cocktails; dining al fresco by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of Phoebe’s Restaurant and the Sherwood Inn; and an intimate concert by Judy Collins. The title sponsor is Dr. Robert Kiltz, owner of CNY Healing Arts and CNY Fertility Centers. “We are so excited to bring the music, artistic energy, and iconic creativity of Judy Collins to our beautiful lakeside community,” Kiltz says.

About the gala host – Stella Maris Retreat Center

The mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat Center was built in 1879 and originally owned by Frederick Roosevelt. The Sisters of St. Francis purchased the property in 1952, and it was dedicated by the Bishop of Central New York as a retreat center in 1954. “Stella Maris” is Latin for “Star of the Sea.”
Stella Maris is committed to the mission of leading all to a deeper knowledge and love of God and to fostering the values of hospitality, unconditional love, and peace.