Country Music Legend Emmylou Harris In Concert at The Morton Arboretum“Songbird” Is A 12-Time Grammy Winner; Country Music Hall of Famer
LISLE, IL (May 2, 2008) – Legendary singer Emmylou Harris brings her silky, mesmerizing vocal style to The Morton Arboretum June 14 for an unforgettable concert among the beautiful trees, part of “In Tune With Trees,” the Arboretum’s summer concert series. These performances support Arboretum activities to encourage all to plant and protect trees, for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Appropriately, the concert occurs on National Get Outdoors Day – designed to motivate all Americans to enjoy trees, nature, and the outdoors.
Fans attending the Arboretum concert will be among the first in Chicagoland to hear new material from Harris’ new album All I Intended To Be, due for release on June 10. This is her first solo effort since 2003’s Stumble Into Grace.
Harris, one of the most admired and influential women in country music, is fresh off her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on April 27.
“(Emmylou) possesses the voice of an angel. She is one of the most revered song interpreters on the planet,” says Tammy Genovese, Country Music Association Chief Executive Officer.
The “songbird” is a 12-time Grammy award winner, and counts 7 number-one country singles among her accomplishments (“If I Could Only Win Your Love,” “Together Again,” “Two More Bottles of Wine,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Making Believe,” “To Daddy,” and “Heartbreak Hill”), along with19 top-ten country singles.
Billboard magazine honored Emmylou Harris with its prestigious Century Award in 1999, calling her a “truly venturesome, genre-transcending pathfinder. Indeed she is. Over her amazing career of more than 30 years, Harris has performed brilliantly in country, country/rock, folk, and bluegrass genres, recording more than 25 albums.
She has recorded with artists such as The Band, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Tammy Wynette, Neil Young, Bill Monroe, Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Lucinda Williams, and George Jones.
Emmylou Harris’ music has appeared on numerous soundtracks including: Brokeback Mountain, O Brother Where Art Thou, Sling Blade, Scent of Woman, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Last Waltz.
Fans purchasing a concert ticket should make a whole day of it at the Arboretum. Prior to the concert, visitors can explore the David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition of gargantuan wood sculptures; and take a pleasurable walk through two miles of brand-new trails through the beautiful elm, Japan, China, Central and Western Asia, and Eastern U.S. Wetlands tree collections, and by the lovely Appalachia collection. Youngsters can wade into Wonder Pond in the four-acre Children’s Garden, and get “lost” in the one-acre Maze Garden. Lunch is available at the Ginkgo Room Restaurant, and the Arboretum Store offers perfect items for the nature lover.
Emmylou Harris concert tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 13 at www.mortonarb.org, by phone at 630/725-2066, at the Arboretum Visitor Center 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by mail. Prices are $42 in advance ($35 for Arboretum members), and $50 walk-up on concert day. A three-dollar processing fee is added to online, phone, and mail orders.
Concert lawn opens at 4:30 p.m., and the opening act begins at 6 p.m.
The Morton Arboretum gratefully acknowledges the Summer Concert Series sponsor, Harris Bank, and 93-XRT, the exclusive radio sponsor. The series’ featured wine sponsor is Bonterra Vineyards.
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of 4,117 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum's beautiful natural landscapes, gardens, research and education programs, and year-round family activities support its mission – the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Conveniently located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time or sunset, whichever is earlier. The Children's Garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through October, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through February. Visit www.mortonarb.org or call 630-968-0074 to learn more.