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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Riley, Benjamin Classical Guitar Music from the Renaissance to the Present History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Live performance of solo classical guitar music from the 16th to 21st centuries, featuring the music of composers such as J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa Lobos, John Dowland, Antonio Lauro, Manuel Ponce, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, and others. I will also incorporate discussion of relevant historical information that pertains to the pieces performed.
$101- $200
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Balalaika and Piano Duo History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An acclaimed virtuoso in his native Russia, Yuri Shishkin now brings to American audiences the magical sounds of the balalaika, a three-stringed triangular instrument considered the national instrument of Russia. Trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mr. Shishkin and his piano accompanist, Yulia Sydykbaeva, command an extensive repertoire that ranges from Russian and Eastern European folk to classical and contemporary compositions. With amazing versatility on this mysterious, alluring instrument, Yuri Shishkin will uplift audiences past their reserved inhibitions and onto their toe-tapping feet!
$501- $1000
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion, Lockport, Penfield, as well as various regional festivals and Civil War re-enactments.
$201- $350
Killion, Paul Kids' Music Music
Paul sings kids’ favorites accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. The program is aimed at youngsters from pre-K through the lower grades. The younger set will enjoy songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Wheels on the Bus” while slightly older listeners will appreciate colorful songs like “Over the Rainbow” and “Beyond the Sea”. Paul happily interacts with his young audiences and singing along is always welcomed! And a patriotic song or two are usually included for kids of all ages!
Up to $100
Payne, Tereasa A Tour of World Flutes Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A Tour of World Flutes with Tereasa Payne Tereasa Payne, flutist, world-flutist, and woodwinds player, from NYC presents a program of 15 flutes from around the world. Audiences learn about and hear flutes from around the world while also learning a message about diversity and acceptance. Flutes included are from India, Romania, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Japan, China, Cambodia, and more! Tereasa is a regular performer with Disney’s “The Lion King” where she performs on 13 of these flutes from around the world.
$351- $500
Villa, Anna Maria LATIN JAZZ Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Other
ANNA MARIA VILLA IN CONCERT: LATIN JAZZ. The Italian-born, singer and entertainer will be performing Latin Jazz pieces from the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian songbooks, including favorites such as Besame Mucho, Black Orpheus, One Note Samba, Girl From Ipanema, sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese and accompanied by extraordinary jazz musicians. Ms. Villa’s style of singing has been described as smooth, elegant, soothing and smoky. Her entertainment approach is sophisticated and fun. In addition to her music career, she is also an actress appearing on numerous TV shows and Film productions. Artist URL: www.AnnaMariaVillaOfficial.com
$501- $1000
Richter, Chip Cabin Fever Family Concert Chip-solo Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
What is a Cabin Fever Family Concert? If you've been to a Chip Richter Family Concert before you know they are interactive, entertaining and inspiring for kids, parents and even grandparents. It truly is an all age event designed to be something children and adults will enjoy together. In the middle of the cold, snowy, dark days of winter what could be more welcome than a warm and cozy night of music and melody, love and laughter shared with the whole family? Chip's Cabin Fever Concert can be just the thing to get us through to spring. It's a wonderful community outreach event that will entertain, inspire, educate and just be plain fun.
$351- $500
Brown, John John New York Photosongs History,
Media- Photography,
Music
Award winning songwriter John John Brown has set out to educate and entertain with his imaginative new project “New York Photosongs”. At the heart of this exploration are six handcrafted folk songs that tell the amazing true stories behind some of New York State’s most iconic and obscure photographs. “Conversations Atop a Skyscraper” takes the listener up high beside the grizzled New York City ironworkers of the Great Depression, while “Queen of the Mist” brings us to Annie Edson Taylor’s 1901 plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The amusing “Cardiff Giant Hoax” sends the audience across the farms of Central New York in 1869 where science and religion collide in bizarre fashion, while the humorous “Georgie” gives us a peek at the infamous Lake George Monster. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even walk down the vermine filled alleyways of early 1900’s New York City and feel the “Rat Catcher Blues” or perhaps stumble into Times Square on VJ Day and see the “Kissing Sailor”. Armed with his guitar, 4x5 foot photographs, and 15 years as a public school educator, John John Brown shines a light on some of the most interesting New Yorkers who’ve walked before us.
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry Tales & Tunes along the Towpath History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Climb aboard a packet boat and back in time with Merry Mischief's Tales & Tunes along the Towpath! Merry Mischief is an costumed acoustic duo(Merlyn & Harry) who come dressed as Canal Travelers and entertain your audience with music and historical facts from the Erie Canal. Music from the time of the Erie Canal and American folk music with it's wild and wooly history, along with poetry (and of course, a few fun jokes :) makes this a great community and/or reading program! A fun way to make History come ALIVE! Program suitable for the young to the seasoned adult.
$201- $350
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Golden Gates - Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Company (15) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.
$501- $1000
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