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Judy Collins Live at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Celebrating Fifty Years of Timeless Music

JUDY COLLINS LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: CELEBRATING FIFTY YEARS OF TIMELESS MUSIC

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 AT 8 PM ON THIRTEEN

Performing in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s magnificent Temple of Dendur, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Judy Collins showcases the biggest hits of an amazing career and covers classics by her contemporaries in the new public television special Judy Collins Live at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Celebrating Fifty Years of Timeless Music.

Judy Collins Live at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Celebrating Fifty Years of Timeless Music premieres Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m., as part of THIRTEEN’s August membership drive.   THIRTEEN’s sister station, WLIW21, will distribute the program nationwide to public television stations (check local listings).

Her vocals still as pure as her early days in the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, accompanying herself on guitar and piano backed by a band and the magical setting of the ancient Egyptian temple, Collins takes the audience behind-the-scenes with stories that trace her five-decades career from her childhood in Colorado raised with the Great American Songbook  and playing classical piano, through the folk songs that defined the life and times of her generation (“Diamonds & Rust,” “Mr. Tambourine Man”) and her Grammy-winning contributions to American popular culture (“Both Sides Now,” “Send in the Clowns”).

Special guests Shawn Colvin, Ani Difranco, Kenny White and Jimmy Webb bring a new dimension to songs by Collins’ friends Crosby, Stills and Nash (“Helplessly Hoping” with White) and Woody Guthrie (“Pastures of Plenty” with DiFranco, who could be the Judy Collins for her generation); the first composition she ever wrote, “Since You’ve Asked,” encouraged by fellow Village artist Leonard Cohen and performed here with Colvin; and Webb’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” with the songwriter accompanying his friend on piano for a moving rendition.

Song List

“Open the Door”

“Both Sides Now” (Joni Mitchell)

“Diamonds & Rust” (Joan Baez)

“Campo de Encino” (Jimmy Webb)

“Helplessly Hoping” (Crosby, Stills and Nash) w/Kenny White

“Pastures of Plenty” (Woody Guthrie) w/Ani DiFranco

“In the Twilight”

“Pure Imagination”

“Mr. Tambourine Man” (Bob Dylan)

“Moon is a Harsh Mistress” w/Jimmy Webb

“Since You’ve Asked” w/Shawn Colvin

“Send in the Clowns” (Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music)

For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

Judy Collins Live at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Celebrating Fifty Years of Timeless Music is a Wildflower Records production.   For WLIW21, John Servidio is executive in charge of production in association with WNET New York Public Media.

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Judy Collins Photo James VeseyJudy Collins. Photo Credit: James Vesey
Judy Collins Photo James VeseyJudy Collins. Photo Credit: James Vesey
Judy Collins Photo James VeseyJudy Collins. Photo Credit: James Vesey
Judy Collins Photo James VeseyJudy Collins. Photo Credit: James Vesey