You have to be of a certain age--of the '60s and perhaps in your 60s--to remember Judy Collins singing Both Sides Now, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young harmonizing their way through Suite for Judy Blue Eyes. She's still here. Claims she doesn't believe in aging.
In the past few years, I have seen Judy Collins perform twice, once at the tony Cafe Carlyle in New York City and the other in the Upper Valley's own Lebanon Opera House. Her hair is still long, though silver, and her soprano is as sweet and clear as ever. At the Carlyle, she momentarily forgot the words to one of her classic songs. No matter--the audience, as classic as her repertoire, chimed in ever so respectfully.
The Briggs Opera House, formerly the home of Northern Stage, has seldom found itself without a purpose since the theater company left for its new location at the Barrette Center for the Arts. The Briggs has hosted other theater companies and productions, such as JAG Productions' Choir Boy last fall and its recent screening of the film, Fences. A number of concerts (Darlingside and the Ole Opry, a dance party with Frydaddy) have been held there, as well as a community meeting or two. Judy Collins could sing just about anywhere, but a smaller venue--in my opinion--is always better. The Briggs hits the spot.
An Intimate Evening with Judy Collins is scheduled for May 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction VT. Tickets are available at YellowHouseMedia.com.
(Photo of Judy Collins (center), appearing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with said Smothers Brothers, is in the public domain.)
Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge