GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Peter Yarrow – of Peter, Paul and Mary fame – heads to Gainesville for a pair of performances Sept. 1 and 2 at the intimate Squitieri Studio Theatre, located inside the Phillips Center.
As a founding member of the multi-platinum and gold-selling trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow’s gift for songwriting produced some of the group’s biggest hits, including Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day is Done, Light One Candle and The Great Mandala.
Peter, Paul and Mary won five Grammys, landed six top 10 hits and earned the Songwriters Hall Of Fame’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Their cover of John Denver’s classic, Leaving on a Jet Plane, reached the top of the charts in 1969.
Aside from his musical prowess, Yarrow produced three animated TV specials based on Puff the Magic Dragon, garnering an Emmy nomination. An accomplished storyteller, two of his children’s books reached Publishers Weekly’s No. 1 spot.
Yarrow has long used music as an instrument for social change, committing his time to various issues, including equal rights, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care and education.
He participated in the Civil Rights Movement, which brought Peter, Paul and Mary to Washington in 1963 to sing for the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1999, Yarrow founded Operation Respect, a non-profit organization working to prevent bullying, ridicule and violence in schools.
Tickets are on sale and available for both of Yarrow’s shows. Call 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll free within Florida) or visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu for more information.
Sept. 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.
Squitieri Theatre, located inside the Phillips Center
University of Florida Performing Arts: www.performingarts.ufl.edu
Artist website: http://www.aviv2.com/yarrow/
Ticket Price: $40
UF students may purchase $12 tickets (with a valid student ID) at the Phillips Center Box Office and the University Box Office at the Reitz Union. Non-UF students may purchase $12 student tickets (in the balcony) at the Phillips Center Box Office.
To Purchase tickets, call the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll-free within Florida) or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 (toll-free). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phillips Center Box Office, the University Box Office at the University of Florida Reitz Union or from any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted.
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Performance dates, times and programs are subject to change.