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Coalition For Peace Action Is “Ticketmaster” for Upcoming Concert Starring Judy Collins

Ellen Gilbert

“What becomes a legend most?” asks the blurb advertising Judy Collins’s February 19 concert at the McCarter Theatre. “Few singers of our time have the staying power of this folk icon, whose voice, songs, and lyrics have been a part of our lives for almost fifty years.”

The upcoming concert has special meaning for the Princeton Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), which is hosting a private, catered reception with Ms. Collins at McCarter right after the show. Tickets for this exclusive reception can be purchased only through the CFPA, and are the only remaining tickets to the concert.

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring this very special opportunity to hear and meet the person who is perhaps the most beautiful vocalist of her generation, ” said the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA Executive Director. “She has made a major contribution to peace efforts over the years, and we are delighted that she is lending her support and presence to supporting the Coalition for Peace Action. We urge interested people to have a magnificent evening while supporting CFPA’s ongoing work for peace by reserving for February 19.”

The cost for concert seats, including admission to the post-concert reception with Ms. Collins, is $100 ($50 tax deductible) per person, or $125 ($65 tax deductible) per person for those who wish to receive an autographed CD.

Tickets can be purchased using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express through a secure link on CFPA’s web site,, or by calling the office at (609) 924-5022 weekdays. An email confirmation will be sent, and tickets will be held for pick-up at the box office window.

Music and Peace

“The Coalition for Peace Action has a tradition of fostering the culture of peace through music and art,” said Chair Irene Goldman. “This concert is just one of many events sponsored by the CFPA during its 30 years in existence.”

CFPA was founded in September, 1980 when a group of religious congregations in the Princeton area joined together to sponsor a Teaching Conference and Interfaith Service on the theme “Can We Reverse the Nuclear Arms Race?” The response at the time was overwhelming, with nearly 2,000 attendees.

Folk History

Like many other folk singers of her generation, Ms. Collins was drawn to social activism. Most recently, she was a special representative for UNICEF, campaigning on behalf of the abolition of land mines.

Her 40 albums, many of them Grammy nominees, include In My Life, Wildflowers, and Judith. While continuing to perform and write songs, she became a published author (her memoir, Singing Lessons, was a best-seller), and started her own CD label (Wildflower Records). She was nominated with Jill Godmillow for an Academy Award for the documentary Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman” (1975), about her classical piano instructor, conductor Antonia Brico.

Ms. Collins is currently an Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

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