Judy Collins Performs "Wildflowers" with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra
In her 50-plus years in music, American singer and songwriter Judy Collins has always exhibited impeccable taste in song craft. On her landmark 1967album, Wildflowers, she curated a stunning collection featuring originals alongside songs by not-yet household names such as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and adventurous selections by Jacques Brel and Francesco Landini. Her discerning palette and her literary gifts have enabled her to evolve into a poetic, storyteller songwriter. Now, in her 6th decade as a singer and songwriter, Judy is experiencing a profound level of growth and prolific creativity. And the Vero Beach audience will delight in her collection of songs from Wildflowers as she is accompanied by a 30-piece Space Coast Symphony Orchestra conducted by Aaron Collins.
While she celebrates many passages in life with her lyrics, her vocals sound untouched by time. Judy’s singing shines pristinely as she eases from warm low-register vocals to soaring high tones, as if no time has elapsed since her singing mesmerized a generation on Wildflowers. “That’s a combination of good fortune, extreme luck, and hard work and discipline,” she reveals. “I do a lot to protect and take care of my voice, and I practice every day—you have to or you lose it.”
Released in 1967, Wildflowers is the sixth studio album by Ms. Collins. It is her highest charting album to date, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts and included her Top 10 hit version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now".
Under the vision and leadership of Aaron Collins, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra reflects all that makes Central Florida special: its creativity, spirit, beauty and quest for knowledge. It is reinventing the concept of a 21st-century orchestra by presenting the widest array of programming of any orchestra in Florida. Their focus is on creating programming that is balanced, accessible, innovative, and artistically expansive.