Monday, April 12, 2010

Janis Ian has traveled the long, hard road

Janis Ian performs in Pittsfield April 17.

Janis Ian is a great singer and songwriter, and on Saturday night April 17 at 8:00 PM she and Karla Bonoff will take to the stage of the Colonial Theatre for a great evening of song and memories. The evening is sponsored by WGBY.

Ian is an original, having first stirred the pot in 1966- when she was 15 - with her album "Society's Child." Its topic of interracial marriage outraged many because of the taboos of the times. She has released two dozen more since then, her latest being her autobiography collection to go with her new book.

Ian has had a diverse personal life. She married Portuguese filmmaker Tino Sargo in 1978. He was abusive and they divorced in 1983. Details of Sargo's physical and emotional treatment are discussed in Ian's autobiography, Society's Child. After moving to Nashville, she met Patricia Snyder in 1989; and they later married in Toronto in 2003. The two celebrated their 20th anniversary together in 2009. Ian has a stepdaughter by Snyder, and two grandchildren.

The Colonial performance called Songs of a Generation is a celebration of song, featuring two of the most influential songwriters of the ’60s through the ’90s. Janis Ian’s hit songs include “At Seventeen,” “Jessie,” and many more.

Karla Bonoff has written numerous million selling songs including “Someone To Lay Down Beside Me,” “Home,” “All My Life,” “Personally” and “Tell Me Why.”

These two Grammy Award-winning stars will take you on a musical journey starting in 1966 when “Society’s Child” became a lightning rod for racial equality in the most storied and turbulent time in our musical history. Coupled with Janis Ian’s new autobiography released this year and both artist's new retrospective CDs, this will be the concert to remember from two unforgettable artists.

Tickets for the performance are $65 (VIP preferred seating with post-show Artist meet & greet), $45 and $25 and can be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, performance Saturdays 10AM-2PM, by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at

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