Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin to share acoustic evening Oct. 19

UNIVERSITY PARK — Acclaimed singer-songwriters and longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will share the stage as a duo, performing material spanning their vast catalogs and some of their favorite songs by other artists, in an acoustic concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $40 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $30 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Carpenter, whose songs speak to the most personal and universal of life’s details, has recorded 12 albums and sold more than 13 million records. With hits such as “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two Country Music Association Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Last fall she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Zoë/Rounder released "Ashes and Roses," Carpenter’s newest album, in 2012. The recording features a duet with James Taylor on the track “Soul Companion.”

Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, including two for the hit single “Sunny Came Home,” and has been nominated for another seven. She has released 10 albums, appeared on countless television and radio programs, and had her songs featured in major motion pictures.

"All Fall Down," Colvin’s eighth studio album, came out in 2012. Recorded in Nashville and produced by her longtime friend Buddy Miller, the album features a group of stellar musicians, including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan.

The album’s release coincided with the publication of Colvin’s memoir, "Diamond in the Rough," which looks back over a lifetime of highs and lows with insight and candor. The book recounts the story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice and making herself whole.

Don and Mary Ellen Fisher sponsor the presentation. Radio station Big Froggy 101 is the media sponsor.

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Last Updated September 27, 2013