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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
King, Adam Guitar & Ukulele Workshop Music,
Performing Arts- Other
4 week program for kids, teens or adults to learn the basics of guitar or ukulele. Week 1 is an introduction that covers tuning, holding the instrument and exercises. Week 2, learn progressions and melodies. Week 3, putting it all together to play songs. Week 4, perform with the group or solo.
$101- $200
McGrath, Cathy “SINGING TEAKETTLE” HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Presidents' Day, July 4th Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Other
Cathy McGrath presents intergenerational folk music programs with seasonal themes, such as Christmas, Irish Christmas Traditions, Valentine’s Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick’s Day, July Fourth, Halloween and Thanksgiving that put a little spice in your cup of sing-along tea. She calls her music “Teakettle Music” because it is steeped in tradition and shared with friends. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games and Irish music, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran drum in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She is happy to design a program for your specific needs.
$201- $350
Morse, Andy MAKE A SPLASH...READ! Music,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Marine Life
Make a Splash..Read! program is a 45 minute interactive exploration of the Wonders of Water, Ocean Fun, Fresh Water and Beach Life using songs, story songs and some creative movement. One of Andy's most requested songs, Funky ABC's will be sung and every letter of the alphabet at the audiences suggestion will be water related. To keep traditional music alive and well the old favorite, Down the Bay will be in the repertoire, asking audiences for rhyming suggestions. Children will also have a chance to move like water creatures during a few songs. Much more fun is planned. Audience participation is always encouraged.
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Dance the World Around! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your audience can try their hand at folk dancing, and kick up their heels to live fiddle music, just like people did in the 18th and 19th century before electricity! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation and that is still going on in many communities. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 3 to 103 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as international folk (Irish, Dutch, African, Chinese, Korean, Latin American, Russian, Israeli, French, and more) dances. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! The “Dance the World Around” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, ukulele, hu lu si (Chinese wind instrument), percussion, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Waging Love: Finding & Amplifying Your Voice for a Better World Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Other
(Women Waging Love: same workshop with female-only participants) The many challenges of our world can feel overwhelming. Every one of us has knowledge and skills that can help build healthier communities, but we don’t always know where to start or how to plug in. This engaging, interactive workshop is like a visit to an artistic and inspiring civic engagement coach. It is designed for people who want to build a personal road map in a safe, respectful space with some guidance and in connection with others. Through individual writing and reflection, compelling exercises, group discussion, and live and recorded music, we will cover: individual values, priorities and hopes; debunking the myths of a perfect solution and single charismatic leader; accepting, carrying and passing on a torch; letting one’s heart lead (not one’s ego); allowing for the messiness of collaboration; appreciating common threads as well as differences; and specific strategies and places to wage love in the civic arena. Step in, step up: we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.
$351- $500
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Erie Canal History,
Music
Canal songs, performed in 19th-century costume and using period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina, etc.). Songs about the construction of the canal (1816-1826), about canallers' lives and work, and about the folklore of the canal. Examples: The Meeting of the Waters of Hudson and Erie, Oh That Low Bridge, Paddy On the Canal, Buffalo to Troy, Ee-ri-ee Was Risin', Trip On the Erie, Low Bridge, etc. Also includes information regarding canal and Western New York history. May include Mark Twain poem The Aged Pilot Man. Performed frequently in the Rochester area, and at folk festivals in New York & New England. Performed at libraries in Lockport, Lyons, Albion, Big Springs Museum (Caledonia), historical societies in Greece, West Sparta, etc. Also NY State Button Society convention (Owego), April 2011.
$201- $350
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his fast wit. Jim performs over 250 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$501- $1000
Linthwaite, Dara Rockin' Robin: Music is for the Birds! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Young children will explore the world of birds through songs, finger plays, and stories and will participate in a Bird Band with egg shakers while Dara accompanies them on guitar.
$101- $200
James, Matt Christmas Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music
Featuring winter holiday songs/stories/traditions from around the world.
Up to $100
Collins, Dawn Musical Eras and Styles (History through Music) History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Highlights of major periods of music history, noteworthy composers and their contributions, instrumentation, stylistic technique of the composer (all preceded by an introduction to basic music theory to facilitate understanding the terms) as well as brief viewing and commentary on major art of period and how each influenced the other. Major periods: Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern (1890-)to 20th Century as time permits. Handouts of timelines are provided, along with instructor's notes. A projector is needed for viewing. Instructor brings lap top. The content is targeted to high school age and adults.
$201- $350
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