Singer Jen Chapin to conduct workshop, perform in concert

by Dennis Brown

Singer and songwriter Jen Chapin, daughter of the late folk singer Harry Chapin, will conduct a free public workshop titled “Hows and WHYs of Hunger” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 2) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.p. In addition to writing and performing, Chapin is chair of the board of directors of World Hunger Year (WHY), an organization co-founded by her father in 1975 and dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty in the United States and worldwide.p. Chapin and her husband, bass player Stephan Crump, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 3) at the Little Theater at Saint Mary’s College. Tickets range in price from $4.50 (for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College students) to $9.50 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 284-4626.p. A native of New York City, Chapin combines her family’s folk-rock legacy with her own background in jazz to produce a sound that has been described as ?urban folk.? She won an emerging artist search by Oxygen Media in 2000, and in 2002 combined with Crump on an album of 10 original songs titled “Open Wide.” Her latest album, “Linger,” is scheduled for release early next year.p. Harry Chapin, best known for his singles “Taxi” and “Cat’s in the Cradle,” performed at Notre Dame in 1979. A widely admired activist, he performed hundreds of benefit concerts related to world hunger, the environment, and consumer and other issues. He died in a car crash July 16, 1981, on Long Island at age 38.

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