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June 1, 2007 Tribute in New Haven
June 1, 2007 Tribute in New Haven
Barbara Vosburgh has written in to announce the following event:
Charity Hosts Harry Chapin Tribute
Liberty Community Services, one of New Haven's oldest and most successful providers of housing and services to individuals affected by homelessness, is beginning a year-long anniversary celebration of its 20 years of service to the community.
The anniversary events will open with New Haven's Tribute to Harry Chapin, a June 1 concert for adults and families at the Shubert Theater featuring Harry Chapin's brother Steve Chapin, members of the original Harry Chapin Band, and the acclaimed L.U.N.C.H. Ensemble.
"We are absolutely thrilled by the support of the Chapin family and L.U.N.C.H. for Liberty's work to alleviate the suffering caused by homelessness in our own community," says John Bradley, Liberty's Executive Director. "The concert will be both inspiring and fun, and we hope to make it an annual community event that will help many individuals so deserving of our support."
Founded in 1987 as CARP (Connecticut AIDS Residence Program), Liberty opened the first supportive housing programs in the state for individuals with AIDS and later established an outreach department that manages over 2,500 calls annually for information and referral. Two years ago, Liberty created Liberty Safe Haven, Connecticut's first large-scale program providing a permanent residence for chronically homeless adults, which has successfully helped individuals transition off the streets and into a home, while conserving valuable community resources.
New Haven's Tribute to Harry Chapin will continue the music and inspiration of Harry Chapin, co-founder of World Hunger Year and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, by engaging the power of popular music for positive social action. Tickets are available at www.shubert.com or (800)228-6622.
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The Latest Release
Sniper & Other Love Songs
In 1972, Harry released
Sniper & Other Love Songs.
Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.
Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in
a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But
perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly
lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."
Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out
Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the
Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced"
feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless,
it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best
for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!