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Wynona’s vocals to fill Eccles’ Stage

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One of country music’s most celebrated stars, Wynonna performs in a special fundraising event at The Eccles Center on Thursday, Dec. 28.

Aside from receiving multiple GRAMMY Awards as well as Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist award, she has performed for everyone from the Pope to the President and produced 20 No. 1 hits in the process. Proceeds from Wynonna’s concert benefit Park City Performing Arts Foundation’s student outreach and technical theater programs.

One of Nashville’s most inspiring rags-to-riches stories, the Judds became country music royalty in the 1980s. Wynonna Judd (born Christina Ciminella) broke out on her own in 1992 with an eponymous chart-topping debut album it wasn’t until 1996 that the queen of country dropped her last name. Since then, she’s graced every venue from The Apollo (performing alongside Wynton Marsalis) to the Pentagon as well as appearances at the Super Bowl and World Series. In addition to touring and recording, she’s dabbled in television (appearing in the sitcom "Hope and Faith," co-hosting the reality show "Nashville Star" for four seasons and making appearances alongside her little sister, Ashley Judd, in films).

According to Billboard, "Few voices in country music possess the passion and pistol-packing power of Wynonna Judd." Though she’s developed her own sound, Wynonna’s music often smacks of Judds style somewhere between country and pop while exploring roots rock, blues, gospel, adult contemporary, folk and Southern R & B. Rolling Stone said of Wynonna’s album ("What the World Needs Now is Love"), "Ms. Judd appears just when we need her tender enough to let a little humor into the tune and tough enough to shut down a biker bar."

In addition to her plethora of industry awards, Wynonna was honored with the USO’s prestigious Merit Award in 2005 for service. The singer’s humanitarian side has earned her the role of United States Ambassador for YouthAIDS and she recently joined Habitat for Humanity in raising $90 million for victims of natural disasters along the Gulf Coast. On Monday, Dec. 11, Wynonna will join an all-star lineup to perform in Oslo, Norway, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

Proceeds from Wynonna’s Park City performance will go toward matching a challenge grant of $300,000 a donation made by an anonymous sponsor to underwrite the remainder of a $1 million pledge the foundation made to the Park City School District in 1998; the pledge provided for upgrades to The Eccles Center, making it a state-of-the-art performing arts facility. According to PCPAF executive director Teri Orr, the anonymous donors would like to see the matching funds go toward the foundation’s student outreach program and technical theater program.

"Student outreach has always been an integral part of what we do whether it takes the form of a master class with Alvin Ailey dancers, a guitar workshop with The Bacon Brothers, a Ballet West performance for elementary school students or weekly instruction on the technical aspects of theater for dedicated high school students," explains Orr. "What better way to help match a challenge grant for these wonderful arts experiences than by attending a concert by one of country’s best?"

Wynonna performs at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City) on Dec. 28. A special fundraising event benefiting Park City Performing Arts Foundation’s student outreach program, tickets range from $25 to $200 (children 12 & under are eligible for half price tickets and seniors receive a 20-percent discount). Tickets and information are available at The Eccles Center and Main Street box offices, 435-655-3114 or http://www.ecclescenter.org or http://www.ParkCityTickets.com. Tickets and information are no longer available through ArtTix


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