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Bard College Presents Tom Chapin and Friends Performing a Family Concert to Benefit Hospice Music Therapy

Eleanor Davis
Tom Chapin

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Bard College presents Tom Chapin performing songs from his award-winning family recordings in a Family Concert to Benefit Hospice Music Therapy at Hospice Foundation, Inc. on Sunday, November 23 at Olin Hall. Jon Cobert (piano, synthesizer, accordion, vocals), Michael Mark (bass, concertina, marimba, vocals), and special guests Terry Blaine and Bar Scott accompany Chapin in the performance. The family concert is ideally suited for children aged 4-12 and takes place at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students. For more information call 845-473-2273 x1107.

Tom Chapin’s music spans styles and generations. His latest recording of adult-oriented material, The Turning of the Tide, was released in September 2006. The New York Times calls Tom Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.” He says: “Mine is not a traditional music, but it comes from a tradition. My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, who wrote and sang real songs for real people; for everyone, old, young, and in between.” Chapin has also gained widespread critical and popular acclaim for his recordings aimed at 4–11 year olds and their families. His family albums have been recognized with awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, New York Music Awards, National Association of Parenting Publications, and Parents magazine. Five of his family recordings have received Grammy nominations for Best Musical Album for Children, including Some Assembly Required, Chapin’s newest family recording. Billboard magazine calls him “the best family artist around.” Parents magazine says, “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin … the Pied Piper of children’s music.

Jazz vocalist Terry Blaine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Buffalo with a bachelor of arts degree in music. As a singer and musician, she has enjoyed a multi faceted career that includes live performances, recordings, studio work, television and radio shows, musical composition, songwriting, and production. Her unique interpretations of classic jazz standards have brought her international attention and recognition as one of the few contemporary female jazz singers performing the small-band swing material from the 1930s. Her collaboration with classic jazz pianist Mark Shane, which began with a three-and-a-half year duo engagement at Café Society in Greenwich Village, led to the CD Whose Honey Are You, a Jazz Journal International Record of the Year. Blaine and Shane have since performed at prestigious venues such as Michael’s Pub, Fat Tuesday’s, the Plaza Hotel, the Lakeland Jazz Festival, and JVC New Jersey Jazz Festival, among others. Their latest recording, Lonesome Swallow, returns to their roots as a duo, and acknowledges the influence of the great Ethel Waters and James P. Johnson duo recordings from the late 1920s.

Eleven-time ASCAP Special Award winner Bar Scott is an independent artist who has performed with many musicians, including Ian Anderson, Phoebe Snow, Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Mindy Jostyn, and Peter Schickele. Scott has sung in venues such as the Beacon Theater in New York City, Tarrytown Music Hall, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, as well as The Tin Angel in Philadelphia, the Kleinert-James, Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock Playhouse, and Colony Café in Woodstock, New York, and house concerts and smaller venues throughout the Northeast. She has recorded six full-length recordings of her compositions, as well as four cover CDs and one children’s book with accompanying music. Her most recent original release, Parachute, was named one of Performing Songwriter’s Top Five CDs of 2007.

Hospice Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. In end-of-life care, Board Certified Music Therapists promote quality of life by providing live music therapy interventions. Music therapists treat patients by using techniques such as songwriting, singing, improvisation, and music therapy relaxation techniques. Research studies have supported the use of music therapy in end-of-life care, and there is evidence that music therapy significantly enhances the quality of life for people with a terminal illness. Music therapy in hospice care assists in the treatment of pain, anxiety, depression, spiritual discourse, impaired quality of life, and anticipatory grief.


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This event was last updated on 11-06-2008