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THE HARRY CHAPIN LEGACY SHOWS
produced by Bill Pere and LUNCH

The Harry Chapin Legacy Shows are LUNCH's flagship program. Started in 1991 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Harry's death, these events, sometimes a full stage play written by Bill Pere, and sometimes a gala concert,  have grown to become a centerpiece of LUNCH's community outreach programs. 

TAKE A LOOK BELOW AT ALL THE CHAPIN LEGACY SHOWS

2008

A New Haven Tribute to Harry Chapin II - Steve Chapin, Big John Wallace, Howard Fields, along with Jonathan Chapin andClark Wallace join with Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and the LUNCH Ensemble at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, raising more than $20,000 (photo album)

2007

A New Haven Tribute to Harry Chapin  - Steve Chapin, Big John Wallace, Howard Fields, along with Jonathan Chapin and Clark Wallace, join with Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and the LUNCH Ensemble at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, raising more than $20,000 (photo album)

2004-b
"Dance Band on the Titanic: The Next Generation"  -- The characters from Star Trek are running the ship and the ship's orchestra is being run by the tyrannical Ludwig von Crackle and his companion, Ella Vampirella.  The event was held at the Leonard J Tyl  School in Montville.
(photo album)

2004-a
"Jen Chapin Concert"  -- Harry's daughter Jen Chapin and her band joined LUNCH for a service-learning event as part of the Connecticut Songwriting and Performance Conference.  The  The event was held at Three Rivers College in Norwich.
(photo album)

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2001
"EXCALIBURGER" - Visit McCamelot and learn how the Knights of the Ground Round Table invented fast food.  Now you don't have to tour Europe, booking cheap airline tickets and nabbing hotel reservations along the way, just to get exposed to the middle ages. King Ardor,  Queen Whenever,  Morgan Buffet,  Sir Had-a-Gal, Sir Laughsalot, Sir Cumference,  and of course, Merlin,  face off with Donut the Barbarian ! The event, held at Stonington High School,  raised more than $30,000  (photo album)

1999

"May the Farce Be With You" -- The Millenium Titanic gathered folks from long ago in a galaxy far away to search for a mysterious weapon.   There was Luke Warmwater,  Pants So-Low,  Onli-One Ken-Barbie, Creepio, Chew Tobacco, Princess Cinnamon-Bun,  and so many more.  The event, held at Stonington High School, raised more than  $20,000... if you smell what E-wok is cookin...  (photo album)

1998

The 3rd Steve Chapin Band Concert, New London, CT:  The Steve Chapin Band joined LUNCH for the third time at this gala event at the prestigious Garde Arts Center.  (photo album)

1997

DAILY PLANET:  The Citizens of Metropolis were without their protector, as Superman lost his powers and Lex Luthor was hatching an evil plot.  Superman's friends were all on hand to help foil the the villain's plans.  The event, held at Fitch High School in Groton, raised more than $20,000.    (photo album #1)  (photo album #2)  (photo album #3)

1996

The Second Steve Chapin Band Concert, Mystic CT:  The first concert with the original Chapin Band was such a standing-room-only success that an encore performance was arranged for the the next year, also a great success.   (photo album )

1995

The First Concert with the Steve Chapin Band, Mystic CT:  1995 was an amazing year.  Bill had just been appointed Official Connecticut State Troubadour, and had just received the Connecticut Renaissance Award, presented by Pete Seeger.  LUNCH had done three previous Chapin Legacy Shows, and Bill finally got to meet Harry's brother Steve.  From that time, on, Steve and Big John and Howard have been a recurring part of  LUNCH's  Chapin Legacy programs.

1994

"Dance Band on the Titanic" -- Conductor Ludwig von Crackle is looking for competent musicians to play in his orchestra aboard the Titanic, where the crew is the crew from Star Trek's Enterprise. The event, held at Fitch Senior High School in Groton, raised more than $20,000  (photo album)

 

1992

"The School That Made America Famous" -- It was high school hi-jinks as students dealt with the overly strict Miss Bun who insisted that Flowers Are Red.  The event, held at Fitch Senior High School in Groton, raised more than $20,000  (photo album)

1991

"A 30,000 Pound Banana" -- It was a quiet little seaside town until an alien spaceship landed near Salt and Pepper's Tavern and caused a truckload of bananas to become one giant 30,000 pound banana that scared everyone --except Apely Shapely, the local gorilla.  The event, held at Fitch Senior High School in Groton, raised more than $20,000

 

MORE CHAPIN SHOWS

In addition to these major events, LUNCH  has brought its Chapin Tribute Show to the University of Hartford "Music For a Change Series" several times, as well as many other schools and venues throughout the region.

 

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