Collins, choir fill theater with holiday sounds
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer
For Debbie Harris of Hagerstown it was a thrill of a lifetime standing in a choir that backed up folk singing icon Judy Collins Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre.
Collins was winding down her annual 22-city Christmas tour, the last of which takes place Tuesday at Carnegie Hall.
The audience, 50-ish and well-dressed, came to recall a different, more open, more liberal time four decades ago - the '60s, the days of social protest - when the likes of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Kingston Trio were making folk music popular in coffee houses, college campuses and concert halls.
Collins' popularity soared with her own signature songs like "Both Sides Now," "Someday Soon," "My Father," and "Send in the Clowns," which she did for an encore Saturday night.
Collins and the members of the First Christian Church Choir and Friends, as the ensemble behind her on the stage was called, brought Christmas to Hagerstown with popular songs of the season, including "Joy to the World," "Silver Bells" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."