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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Franco Feeney, Betsy Giant Book & Song Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
For younger students, it is an eye-popping experience to see an almost 6-foot wide picturebook open before them! The smallest of worlds comes to life in a big way when Mrs. Feeney turns the pages of her giant book. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has praised the book saying, “Amoeba Hop is an innovative approach to introduce young students to the world of microbiology, using song lyrics.” The students will also perform the story of Amoeba Hop right in the classroom using large cutout characters from the book and the little girl’s umbrella & coat!
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen 19th-Century American Songs & Tunes History,
Music
The Flint Hill Folk have been staff musicians at the Genesee Country Village restoration in Mumford NY for over 30 years. The group includes up to eight members, performing on fiddle, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, concertina, and vocals. Performances are in 19th-century costume, and feature restored period instruments. Repertoire includes folk and popular songs of the 19th century/Civil War era, with emphasis on New York composers, and regional themes such as the Erie Canal, Civil War, women's suffrage, The group can perform in numbers from three to six, depending on individual requirements. A subset of the Flint Hill Folk can provide period dance calling and instrumentation. In addition to regular work at Genesee Country Village, group has performed at the Museum of Trades & Industry (Seneca Falls), Brighton Town Concert Series, Salt Museum (Sytacuse), Hamlin Beach State Park, 'Battle of Lain's Mill' Civil War re-enactment (Canisteo), many other venues.
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. TAINO Latin-American music Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Husband-wife duo, Sana and Papo Nickel create their powerful sound using exquisite vocals, guitars, congas, bongos, bamboo flutes, cuatro, requinto, and a whole array of ethnic instruments. All shows are full of audience participation.

THE LATIN AMERICAN JOURNEY traces TAINO’s five-year journey through Central and South America and the Caribbean with songs, stories, and Spanish words.

DISCOVERING COLUMBUS uses music and theatre to explore the world that Columbus encountered, and the subsequent transformation of that world with the meeting of the Native American, European, and African peoples.

GRACIAS A LA VIDA: THANKSGIVING AROUND THE WORLD uses masks, dance, songs, ethnic instruments, and stories to celelbrate the harvest time in the British Isles, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.

CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY celebrates the winter holiday season through the joyous and festive nature of their music and traditions.

THE RAIN FOREST features music from the major rain forest areas of the world, including South America, Central Africa, Indonesia, and the forests of our own North American continent.

CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL CELEBRATION is an exuberant performance celebrating Latin American music, featuring reggae, dazzling keyboard skills, and loaded with participation.

$501- $1000
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Shih, Patricia Songs for the Heart, Mind and Funny Bone Music
Award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih presents a concert of all-original songs for the heart, mind and funny bone. Some include audience participation; all engage the listeners thoroughly, eliciting delight, tears, laughter and most of all, thought.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON” INTERACTIVE RHYMES, SONGS, GAMES Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Music
This is a delightful collection of the most treasured nursery rhymes, imitation songs, finger plays, action songs and musical games for the younger visitors to the library and their families. Cathy rekindles the joy of traditional musical activities that enhance learning: singing, dancing, reciting, moving in circles, playing active games, smiling, and cooperating with each other. The dancing limberjack toys are always featured for simple and captivating fun. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. “This program is perfect for preschoolers!” said Robin Benoit of Fairport Public Library. (An additional version has been created as a family concert for audiences of all ages).
$201- $350
LeBlanc, Michelle 1950's JAZZ: Bop, Cool, R&B History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
1950s JAZZ: Bop, Cool, R&B This show features songs by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles as well as popular jazz standards written in the 1950s.
$501- $1000
Tranchina, Gabriele Songs By Richard Rogers Music
This Program features the songs of Richard Rogers in Collaboration with Hart and Hammerstein. Songs featured in this program are Blue Moon, The Lady is a tramp, My Romance, I didn’t know what time it was and many more.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Hoffman, Nan 2015 SRP-Heroes in Folk Song (& a tribute to Pete Seeger) History,
Music,
Nature- Environment
This year Nan's programs will focus on the everyday heroes of our lives with songs written and/or sung by folk music icon Pete Seeger. Considered a hero by many for his tireless efforts to promote environmental conservation, civil rights, and peace and justice for all people, Pete often sang and told tales of other heroes. Great or small, real or imaginary, past or present, these heroes connect us to our own paths and potentials. Music, particularly folk music with its emphasis on lyrics and stories, can help enhance reading, writing and listening skills, and language development. Using a variety of songs and instruments, and her collection of Books That Sing, Nan's presentations are fun and informative and encourage audience participation as Pete always did in his concerts. Suitable for the 2015 Summer Reading Program, her programs can also be tailored to adults and all-age audiences.
$201- $350
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