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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Carpenter, Regi Read to the rhythm! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Read to the rhythm is a high energy program for families that combines stories, music, and dancing.
$351- $500
Kelly, Rorie Stories, Songs and Sass to Ignite Your Personal Revolution Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Are you ready to become the hero of your own story? Singer and songwriter Rorie Kelly invites you on a journey that will explore the darkest parts of your heart as well as the brightest gifts you have to offer. With radical honesty and compassion, Rorie will take you on a crash course to befriending yourself. That includes those parts of yourself you may have felt you needed to hide away. Moments of raw honesty will put you in touch with your own angers and hurts, allowing you to begin to heal those wounds. Songs of hope and resilience will lead you out of the darkness, offering the strength to go after the happiness we all truly deserve. Songs to Start a Fire is a passionate and transformative musical journey that will help shine a light on the person you were meant to be and the life you were meant to live.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
Kelly, Rorie Songs to Start a Fire Group Songwriting Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
The group songwriting workshop is an opportunity to literally raise our voices and create a song that powerfully expresses our feelings and ideas. When we tell our story honestly, we create an opportunity for those around us to grow, heal and find connection. When we raise our voices together, we put a powerful message into the world that can help us create real positive change. As a group we will share our struggles and our hopes and choose a theme we’d like to shine a light on. Together, we will create and perform a song that shares that message. Each participant will leave with a recording of the new song that she helped bring into the world.
$201- $350
Vinyard, Roland Folk Songs of New York State Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Other
New York has a rich history of songs, some of which are unique to the State and to our area, and others were commonly sung throughout the US. On a variety of period instruments, The Bard Rocks will take you on musical tour of the State which focuses on the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks.
$101- $200
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
Van Egmond, Timothy The Sailor's Trade History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sea Shanties (work songs) and fo’c’sle songs (songs for recreation) from the days of ‘wooden ships and iron men.’ Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing throughout New England for close to 20 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums (including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY).
$501- $1000
Bertles, John Sustainable Storytelling Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Increase your students' environmental awareness using literacy! Master storyteller Robin Bady will weave an eco-web of words accompanied by the bewitching music of Skip LaPlante on instruments built from trash. Stories are age-appropriate and science-based, and address the concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as well as Conservation. Whether in auditorium or workshop format, students are encouraged to create and perform their own stories - in which the Big Bad Wolf may be a vital part of our ecosystem!
$501- $1000
Griffith, Tom I Choose You Music
After 30-plus years together, award-winning singer-songwriters Tom Griffith and Martha Trachtenberg have written more than a few songs about their life together. By turns funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, but always true, their show chronicles their ups and downs and examines the mysterious art of relationships in general.
$351- $500
Preston, Gary The Inside Story of the Greatest Singers of the 20th Century History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Learn about musicians success, their failures, their strengths and their weaknesses. Additionally, Gary will perform their biggest hits. Prices starting at $95 Educational, informative and entertaining! The singers available for presentation: Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jolson, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Kate Smith, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Frankie Laine, Barbara Streisand, Eddie Fisher, Perry Como, Dean Martin (Pick your six favorites for the presentation). Call Gary to schedule a presentation, date and time.
$101- $200
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