Spring Fling concerts for grownups

Don't feel like jammin' with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, this year's Spring Fling headliners? The Annenberg Center offers an alternative this year: a weekend of pop and jazz with a legendary vocalist and a rising young star.

The legendary vocalist is Judy Collins (left), known to many who came of age in the '70s and '80s for her renditions of "Amazing Grace" and "Send In the Clowns." Collins, who performs April 17, is as well-known for her commitment to peace and social justice as she is for her hits.

The rising young star is Joshua Redman (right), who brings his four-man band to town April 18. Redman, a 1991 summa cum laude Harvard grad, was on his way to a career in law when he changed his mind and decided to follow in the footsteps of his saxophonist father Dewey. Since then, he's made the jazz world stand up and take notice, performing with some of today's best-known musicians and putting his own stamp on both jazz standards and modern rock and R&B favorites.

The two concerts kick off a new performing-arts series, "University of Pennsylvania Presents," that will bring some of today's top performers to the campus.


  • JUDY COLLINS: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets $22-$35, students $15-$25; discounts available for Penn affiliates and seniors.

  • JOSHUA REDMAN: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in Zellerbach Theatre. Tickets $20-$30, students $10-$20; discounts available for Penn affiliates and seniors.

Tickets/info for both concerts: 898-3900.

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Originally published on April 15, 1999