An afternoon for kids and parents ... Tom Chapin in Concert
Tom Chapin in Concert: an afternoon for kids and parents featuring one of the finest creators of children's music performing today!!
Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin will bring his impeccable guitar and masterful children’s lyrics to the Progress Energy Center’s Fletcher Opera Theatre at 1PM on Sunday, April 20th, 2008. (Ticket information below.)
Tom Chapin, who’s been called “…one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music” by The New York Times, has gained widespread critical and popular acclaim for his recordings aimed at 4 to 11 year-olds and their families, including such classics as Family Tree, Moonboat, Mother Earth, Billy the Squid, Zag Zig and his latest, Some Assembly Required. Tom and his collaborators John Forster, Michael Mark and Jon Cobert have created a body of songs which have become widely acclaimed for their lyrical and musical creativity, humor, and compassion.
His family albums have been recognized with awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the New York Music Awards, the 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, Tom ’s newest family recording. Billboard Magazine calls Chapin “the best family artist around.”
Chapin’s live performances engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of children and adults alike. Parents Magazine says, “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin . . . the Pied Piper of children’s music.” Elementary school teachers across North America have incorporated Chapin’s songs into their curriculum, finding them accessible and adaptable to classroom study and interaction.
Tom is also a beloved narrator of children’s books on tape. Three of his narrations won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album for Children: Mama Don’t Allow in 2001, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A F l y in 2002, and The Train They Call The City Of New Orleans in 2004. His narration of The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night was released in September 2006.
His varied career has taken him to Broadway as lead in the musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” off - Broadway as musical director of both “Cotton Patch Gospel” and “Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends” and on television as host of “Make A Wish” on ABC, and as host of the documentary series “National Geographic Explorer.” Tom had a cameo role in Jonathan Demme's 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”
In addition, Tom works tirelessly on behalf of many charitable organizations. He is on the Board of Directors of World Hunger Year, a hunger organization founded in 1975 by Tom’s late brother, singer/songwriter/humanitarian Harry Chapin.
Tom and his wife Bonnie live in Rockland County, New York. Tom has two daughters, Abigail and Lily, and two stepchildren, Jonathan and Jessica. Abigail, Lily and Jessica have formed the musical trio The Chapin Sisters, living and performing in Los Angeles. Tom, his daughters, and other Chapin family members will also be performing an evening concert in honor of his late brother Harry at 7:30PM on the 20th. Tickets for this show can also be obtained at Ticketmaster.
For further information, please contact:
John McHenry, AnotherLook Music (919-306-3659), or
Jill Bullard (http://www.foodshuttle.org)
“Tom Chapin in Concert” at
The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts,
Fletcher Opera Theatre,
on Sunday, April 20th,
In person at the Progress Energy Center Box Office,
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC
Ticketmaster: 919-834-4000; http://www.ticketmaster.com