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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Gambacurta, Pat Accordion Pat Music
ACCORDION PAT is an experienced entertainer whose light-hearted style of performing has delighted audiences young and beyond. The portability of the accordion brings her into the midst of the audience for personal interaction, inspiring unpredictable and comedic comments. She is able to amuse and hold the attention of children and adults by adapting her program to any interest that might instantly arise. Her music inspires audience participation to clap, sing, dance, or just listen as she plays polkas, tangos, mazurkas and much more with diversified rhythms and astonishing accordion technique. Tunes such as Eh Cumpari (Italian), Melody of Love (Polish), Espana Cani (Spanish), Hava Nagila (Jewish) add a cultural flavor, familiar novelty songs which Pat sings will tickle everyone's funny-bone and interjections of accordion facts create a program that is gauranteed to entertain, educate and permit the audience to participate in a fun filled, musical environment. This one hour performance of non stop music includes approximately 20 songs which can include special occasion requests. You will be under the influence of a rollicking good time with unlimited laughs, much tapping in your toes, continuous clapping in your hands, and be left with a cheerful spirit in your heart.
$101- $200
DuBois, Betsy Lyle Cogen Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Lyle is a polished professional with an incredible voice and tons of charisma and charm to win over any audience. Lyle is equally at home in a classroom as performing on a large stage or festival setting. She brings with her Lincoln Center Professional Teaching Artist training, and great communication skills to enhance any performance, and help teachers and students get the most out of her performance. Take a few minutes and check out a few of her songs from her award winning collection of CD's and read some of the accolades she has received from such prestigious organizations as Parents Choice.
$501- $1000
Beaugard, Carol THE CHRISTMAS CAROL TRIO Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A wonderful holiday celebration: The Christmas Carol Trio performs 17th and 18th century carols from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and America (sung in English, French, Scottish and German), with narrative explaining the origins of the holiday's traditions and decor. We include carols for sing-alongs. We can perform as a duet, trio, quartet or quintet, based on your needs and budget. Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar and mandolin, with the option to additionally book fiddle, bass, penny whistle or bodhran. Dress is formal attire.
$351- $500
Byers, Kathy IT'S A MIGHTY HARD ROAD History,
Literature- Authors,
Music
It's a Mighty Hard Road • A program of songs and stories inspired by John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. • Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers present a tuneful trek across America in The Great Depression. • Join in on Dust Bowl ballads of Woody Guthrie. • Cross the country in an old pickup truck meeting and working with migrant farm workers. • Listen to Union Songs in the camps... Imagine hopping on the freight trains. • Hear : Hobo's Lament.dreaming of a job...through the hardships made lighter by song. • Urban Chicago Country Blues and survival story-songs of families weathering hard times. • Upbeat, Tin Pan Alley tunes to cheer and lift the spirit! Presentation will entertain, educate, and inspire.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John MUSIC ALONG THE ERIE CANAL - New York State Heritage Songs and Instruments along the Waterway History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sondra and John Bromka use their beguiling antique instrument collection to bring a lively taste of New York State's cultural character along our famous water way during the 1800s. This is a up-close, interactive concert that includes aires, dance tunes, and singalongs from a variety of immigrant traditions, accompanied by Irish harp, bagpipes, pennywhistle, French hurdy gurdy, German hackbrett (hammered dulcimer), African-American banjo, and English squeezeboxes... our music offers the special flavor of each culture's unique contributions.
$351- $500
Pelham, Ruth Musicraft: Singing and Instrument Building Workshop Multicultural- Other,
Music
**Reduced fees available for multiple programs in one day or block booking with multiple libraries for the same day.** Teaching children to work cooperatively, to help each other accomplish tasks, to share ideas and materials, and to appreciate each other’s creations are all part of this fun-filled character education through music workshop. Working in large and small groups, children build simple musical instruments made from recycled bottle caps, wood bits, cardboard boxes or paint sticks, and also sing songs about friendship, kindness and getting along. These lessons further children's understanding about recycling and reusing, and about caring for the Earth and our global family. A highlight of the workshop is when each child plays his or her instrument during the “Instrument Band Song” which is enthusiastically sung at the conclusion of the workshop. All materials are prepared and supplied by Music Mobile.
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave Virtual Concert with Dave Ruch! History,
Music
If you have the ability to project the internet onto a screen in your facility, you can host a live, interactive concert with a popular touring performer without the expense of bringing him to you! Dave Ruch has performed thousands of concerts across the US, Canada and the UK, and with newly-available technology, is now available to give "distance concerts." Choose from any of the lecture/concert programs for adults listed here - http://www.daveruch.com/adults.htm or any of the childrens/family programs here - http://www.daveruch.com/children.htm
$101- $200
Sprout, Jonathan American Heroes Two Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
“THE AMERICAN HEROES TWO CONCERT” This concert by GRAMMY Nominee Jonathan Sprout features stories and songs about the remaining heroes on the American Heroes album and a song from More American Heroes -- Thomas Edison, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Franklin and Pocahontas. Stunning 30” X 40” photographs of each of the heroes flank Mr. Sprout’s elaborate stage sound system. “Jonathan’s American Heroes Two concert is entertainment at its best. Our staff and students sang and danced while learning information that addressed the Core Curriculum Content Standards for Social Studies. Our best assembly to date, this show is well worth the investment of time and money.” Alyce Anderson, Principal Herbertsville Elementary School, Brick, NJ “One of the best performances we’ve ever had ... truly excellent.” Diane McDonough, Cultural Arts Chairwoman Tomaso Elementary School, Warren, NJ REFERENCES: 1) Bardonia Elementary School, Bardonia, NY Alba D’Ambrosio, Cultural Arts, 845-624-4327 2) Liberty Elementary School, Valley Cottage, NY Holly Corey, PTA, 845-304-9612 3) Strawtown Elementary School, West Nyack, NY Chel Bernstein, PTA, 845-639-1973
$501- $1000
Manion, Glenn READING ROCKS! with SQUEAKY CLEAN History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
“Reading ROCKS!” features live performances of well-known rock and roll songs that we link to various types of books and reading material. In keeping with the new Common Core standards, which place a greater emphasis on working with “informational texts,” we talk about many types of reading material: traditional well-loved storybooks, newspapers, magazines, maps and travel books, cookbooks, nature guides and even baby books. We make extensive use of onstage props (generally funny hats) to suggest various types of books: a chef’s hat for cookbooks, a safari hat for adventure books, a train conductor’s hat for books about trains. We like our programs to be as interactive as possible, so we often ask for input from the audience, e.g. “Who can tell me a book about a dog?” “What people have you read a biography about?” Sometimes we will ask age-appropriate book trivia questions, with game-show sound effects. Younger children are asked about Clifford, Babar or Goodnight Moon; older children are asked about Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia. On occasion, we invite some children onstage for the “Captain Underpants Trivia Challenge.” Whenever possible, we include directed group audience participation, such as hand-movements or call-and-response.
$351- $500
Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley The Great American Songbook - Post Golden Age History,
Media- Other,
Music
The Great American Songbook - Post Golden Age Much of the music written between 1959 and 1970 is etched into our hearts and minds in a nostalgic way. Baby boomers and their parents remember the theme songs from many Hollywood films, such as The Shadow Of Your Smile, A Man and A Woman, Alfie, The Summer Of 42 (The Summer Knows), Moon River.
$351- $500
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