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Two luminaries of the music world will be on hand to assist in the launch of WUMB's new $7 million Capital Campaign*, in an intimate event on August 11th. Join us for a memorable evening of fine dining and exquisite music at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom, with performances by Judy Collins and Tom Rush (along with David Buskin & Robyn Batteau). Kenny White and Carolyn Waters will also perform. There will be a special Raffle, which includes a bracelet from Tiffanys of Boston.
Multiple grammy award-winner Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 40 years. At 13, Judy Collins made her public debut performing Mozart's "Concerto for Two Pianos" but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival, that sparked Judy Collins' love of lyrics. She soon moved away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar. In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. In addition to dozens of albums and CD's she has written several books and is about to come out with a new CD and a children's book this summer.
Tom Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences." Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Tom's distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Tom also has released about two dozen albums and CD's, including his first studio album in over 30 years which was released last year. David Buskin and Robyn Batteau will be performing along with Tom.
A fixture in the NY studio scene, Kenny White wrote and produced hundreds of commercials for TV and radio, and has worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Aaron Neville. He produced Shawn Colvin Grammy-nominated, “I Don’t Know Why” as well as three records for Peter Wolf. After being hailed by reviewers from the NY Times to the SF Chronicle for his thrilling and unique piano playing, he made his first album in 2002. He’s opened shows for Cheryl Wheeler, Shawn Colvin, Peter Wolf, Richard Shindell and Jonathan Edwards, quickly gaining a reputation as a ‘dazzling’ and ‘not-to-be-missed’ performer.
If you are unable to attend, and would like to still make a donation in support of the launch of our Capital Campaign, you can also make your donation using the previous ticket order form here without ordering tickets.
The menu for the dinner is available here as a PDF.
For more information on WUMB's Fundraiser Gala on August 11, 2010, call 617-287-6900 during business hours or write email@example.com.
*Complete details about the bold initiative designed to raise $7 million for WUMB will be available at the event. The campaign will fund new studio and offices for WUMB, provide a place for musicians to play on air in front of a live audience, improve the station's studio equipment, improve and expand the station's broadcast signals, create additional Internet streams, take advantage of new technologies, digitize the station's archive collection, acquire and digitize additional music archives, make the archives available to the community for enjoyment and research, create music education spaces for children, teens and adults, fund paid internships for UMass Boston students and, support the WUMB Endowment.