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McGrath, Cathy “GREEN TEAKETTLE” SONGS, TUNES & TALES OF IRELAND Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
This concert for children of all ages and their families features songs Cathy learned from family and tradition, as well as poems, stories, dancing games and jig tunes. Expect lots of participation: sing and dance like leprechauns, and exercise your imagination and your feet. An experienced folk music performer and founding member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Rochester NY branch (, a 2016 inductee into the CCE Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, and member of Rochester Sister Cities’ Musical Delegation to Waterford, Ireland 2010, Cathy uses guitar, penny whistle, flute, bodhrán (Irish drum) and limberjacks to bring Irish music to life.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - SKIPPYJON JONES SNOW WHAT ( & the 7 Chihuahuas) Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Mexican Chihuahua of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. A brand new musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Snow What is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
$1001- $3000
Killion, Paul Songs for Christmas Music
Here's an all-ages program to brighten any Christmas! Paul sings your holiday favorites, accompanied by his guitar. Christmas hits as old as 'Jingle Bells' (1857) and as contemporary as Jimmy Buffett's 'Mele Kalikimaka' are heard in this performance. Singing along is encouraged but not required. Lighten your spirits and warm your heart with this classic Christmas event!
Up to $100
Mankita, Jay Home Sweet Home - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Other
Build a more sustainable world with Jay Mankita's fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness. Serious topics, framed in fun! An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, After 2,000 performances throughout the Northeast, Jay is ready to rock, enrich, and inspire with his eco-friendly show! This concert is great for all-age audiences, and as in all Playful Earth concerts, there is nothing 'juvenile' here; older kids and parents/caregivers will love the show.
$351- $500
String Band, Homegrown Roots of the Dead Music
Jerry Garcia, founder and “spiritual advisor” of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, was an avid listener and student of American traditional music. He and his bandmates were well versed in 20th century American blues and bluegrass, as well as the folk traditions of the British Isles. Like the Grateful Dead, the Homegrown String Band has drunk deeply from the well of blues, ballads, and breakdowns that have helped to shape the sounds of American popular music. In this program we will be sharing our original interpretations of some of the traditional and early commercial recordings that were featured in the repertoire of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele Ellington/Strayhorn Music
Enjoy the songs of one of the 20th century greatest American composer teams, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. You will hear famous songs like "Take the A Train", "It don't mean a thing", "In a sentimental mood" and many more. We will also talk about their lives.
$201- $350
Richter, Chip Chip Richter - The Young Songwriter's Workshop Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Chip Richter’s Young Songwriters Workshop is an exciting and fun journey through the craft of writing songs. Students will explore the four elements of song writing, the form and foundation of a song, and discover what makes a lyric work. Learning how to use hooks, rhymes, and words that sing, students will have the opportunity to begin writing their own songs right away. The students will listen to songs, sing songs, analyze and diagram songs, all in a very fun, interactive way. The Young Songwriters Workshop works well as a plug-in to your local school’s English and or Language Arts course study. Many teachers will use the Young Songwriters Workshop to culminate a section on journaling, poetry, or creative writing. In the end students will have lots of fun, discover the magic of words, and learn something about what's in a song and perhaps, what's in their heart.
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Community Harvest Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Your library supplies the atmosphere—cornstalks, hay bales, cider, pies and books – for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, gourd and modern banjo, and tin whistle. Homespun leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and celebrate the bounty of the harvest as generations of Americans have done. Traditional dancing helps build a sense of community. The audience has fun working together to learn the dances. Participants experience a bit of living history - they learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history that inspired the dances and music. Community dancing develops participants’ communication and listening skills, and improves physical coordination…dancing is great exercise! The “Community Harvest Dance” 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, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: and
$351- $500
Singer, Lauren DANCE AROUND THE WORLD (MOMMY AND ME for BABIES) Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Bond with your baby, 0-18 months, and dance together in this exciting rhythm, music and movement class designed just for babies and caregiver. Music from all over the world will engage babies as well as adults. Dance, play shakers, move with scarves and rhythm touch in this playful group experience. This is a great way for new mothers to get moving again and meet other caregivers. Have a memorable time while introducing infants to authentic world music, rhythm and the joys of movement.
$101- $200
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