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Mankita, Jay Jay's Playful Earth Concert - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Designed and constructed from Jay’s most popular songs and stories. Folks are working every day to move this world ever closer to peace, kindness, and a more caring awareness of ourselves, each other, and our natural world. Topics include baseball, dolphins, aliens, rainforests, and dinosaurs, plus time travel, camels, caribou, soap, dreams, and of course, books and libraries! Very playful, with plenty of singing and dancing along!
$351- $500
Costanzo, Jerry Can't We Be Friends? Music
In 2008, his debut full-length album “Destination Moon,” produced by Andy Farber and accompanied by Farber & his Swing Mavens octet, served up a dozen chestnuts, including the title track, “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die,” “Come Fly with Me” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Showcasing 13 masterful musicians, the project includes tenor, baritone and alto sax, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass and drums. And now, Costanzo’s follow-up disc, “Can’t We Be Friends?” – released on Daywood Drive Records raises the torch to fever pitch, featuring a five-piece rhythm section comprising piano, guitar, percussion, bass and vibraphone. The triptych of 10 songs, which again pays homage to musical heroes who painted the original brush strokes on American standards, thematically personifies Costanzo’s romantic relationships over the decades, embraced with a vibe he describes as “George Shearing meets The Nat King Cole Trio meets Milt Jackson.”
$1001- $3000
Van Egmond, Timothy The Story Bag Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Following an age-old tradition, listeners choose one by one from an a bag full of intriguing objects that arouse curiosity and spark the imagination, each representing a specific folk tale for the telling. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs and stories with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He's been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Costanzo, Jerry A Tribute To The Count Music,
The Jerry Costanzo All Star Orchestra (two band options, 9 or 17 piece configurations) A Tribute To The Count. With this show we perform many of the great Count Basie classics from the worlds greatest and most successful big band. The band also explores new and updated arrangements in the styles of the kings of swing themselves, Basie/Ellington & much, much more. I am also the vocalist with the band and will be performing the unique vocal arrangements of the Sinatra Basie collaborations, from the world famous Sinatra/Basie show At The Sands in Las Vegas and more. This show is guaranteed to have the audience snapping their fingers and dancing in the aisles. In addition, our musical director and lead trumpet player Mr. Mike Carubia and I have also combined our extensive music libraries, to cover all the famous big band leaders, arrangers and composers spanning from the 30's thru present day. Including Mr. Carubia's own arrangements. As you may or may not know, Mike is a well known arranger and composer and his works are distributed worldwide.
$1001- $3000
Tranchina, Gabriele It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing/jazz for kids Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is geared to children ages 4-7 This program will help children explore jazz in an interactive way, so that children can experience this music with their own body. We will use "call and response" to engage the children in singing, help them find the swing and samba feeling and much more. We will explore the famous "Route 66", travel on the "A Train" and learn how to scat on "It don't mean a thing"
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Do We Want to Be Like Music? Multicultural- Other,
Why do we care for music so much that we want to sing or dance? Does a good melody do what we want to do? Yes, say Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy, and in this workshop they'll show what Aesthetic Reaism teaches: Music puts opposites together, opposites that we want to put together in our lives! Notes rise and fall, are separate and together. A melody is both energetic and gentle, harsh and sweet. Aren't these same opposites ones we have and want to make sense of? Eli Siegel, the founder of the education Aesthetic Realism, stated in this principle: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." Through demonstrations with flute and drum, children will have the thrill of hearing how these two instruments, so different from each other, work together, add to each other! Do we want to be like those wonderful instruments and like notes in a song, which add to each other to make a beautiful meldoy? Do we want to add to all other people and to be added to by them?
$101- $200
Maichack, Mary Jo Starry Song Standards of Love & the Night--Portable Cabaret Music
Mary Jo sings with professional portable keyboard accompanist--songs of love and the night from the Great American Songbook as seen at Cranwell Resort, Colonial Theatre Pittsfield MA, Mission Bar & Tapas, Loomis Village and elsewhere. See cabaret page for video sample. (We bring keyboard and turn your room into an intimate cabaret-style concert.) This is a very special program.
$501- $1000
Bierko, Scott Beth & Scott's Party Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Interactive fun for Everyone! “Party Concert" is a forty-five minute interactive, musical presentation for young children. During this delightful show of original stories and songs, the audience gets an opportunity to join in the fun by singing, clapping and using their imaginations to become everything from wolves to washing machines. Many children are also invited on-stage throughout the program to laugh, dance and play instruments with Parents Choice Award winners, Beth and Scott! Of import to teachers and parents, Beth & Scott cover some or all of the following topics in a typical program: • Good Listening • Following Directions • Gross Motor Movement • Sequencing • USA Geography • The Importance of Bedtime • Fear of Monsters • Sharing • On-Stage participation • Echoing/Repeating • Audience Manners The program takes place in front of Beth & Scott’s logo, a 6’ X 12’ rainbow. As with all their shows, the Bierkos use the latest in sound production technology to offer everyone in the house a great seat to a great show!
$351- $500
Northshield, Sarah Stories Songs and Silliness Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Lots of familiar rhymes, songs, fingerplays, movement, feltboards and a book or two. Everyone gets a big sticker at the end, followed by music and bubbles. Children must have an adult caregiver.
Up to $100
Cavanaugh, Deb Building a Better World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program using songs and movement to promote community building and working together to improve everyone's lives. Songs such as Ruth Pelham's We're All a Family Under One Sky and Malvina Reynolds' We Live in the City celebrate diversity and unity. We will also sing songs in other languages and incorporate folk dance into this unique program for children from preschool up through middle school. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. This program can be adapted for a variety of ages.
$201- $350
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