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Bard College Presents Tom Chapin and Friends

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” on Sunday, November 15, at 3 p.m. in Olin Hall. Special guests Terry Blaine and Bar Scott accompany Chapin in the performance, with Jon Cobert, piano, synthesizer, and accordion, and Michael Mark, bass, concertina, and marimba. The family concert is ideally suited for families with children aged 4–12. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Hospice music therapy program at Hospice Foundation, Inc. For more information call 845-473-2273 x1109.

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 his latest, Some Assembly Required. 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 multifaceted 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 led to the CD Whose Honey Are You, a Jazz Journal International Record of the Year. With clarinetist Allan Vache, Blaine and Shane are currently featured in the Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute band. Terry also works as Music Therapist and Internship Director at Hospice, Inc. bringing music to patients and families in Dutchess and Ulster counties.

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 the Beacon Theater, Tarrytown Music Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and locally at the Kleinert-James Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock Playhouse, and Colony Café in Woodstock. She has recorded six CDs of her own 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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October 21, 2009

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This event was last updated on 10-27-2009