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Description
Fee
Herscovitch, Lara Miles to Go: Songs, Stories & Insights From a Life in Music Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This entertaining and informative session includes the wisdom earned from hundreds of thousands of miles of life as a touring singer-songwriter and policy social worker. Lara will play songs from her recent recordings and walk us through a song’s journey from observation to poetry to recording. She will reflect about the creative process and the people, places and events that have inspired her, while answering our questions along the way. Lara’s themes span a broad range, including stories of misfits and underdogs, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation – so most topics are fair game! (Note: This workshop can be adapted for a performing-musician audience, expanding to include music business & performance advice.)
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Wassail' Renaissance Christmas Pageant & Music Revels Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
'Sing, Say, and Play!' in this participatory Christmas music and pageant performance that toasts the old year and welcomes in the new. Set in the Magical Days of Yore, it is fanciful weaving of historic music, traditions, and surprises. 'Wassail' comes from the Old English greeting Wes hael, meaning 'Be thou hail!' and wassailers even today go about England carolling friends & neighbors in this traditional musical well-wishing. To highlight the event, the audience takes on roles in a traditional mummers’ play - a lighthearted spectacle of singing, costumes and laughter. Mummers' plays are still performed in rural England as improvisatory theater in streets, homes, and community gatherings, and feature a host of characters who symbolically assist the sun in its turning through the shortest days of the year. The culminating event of the play is the grand Wassail Bowl, around which all gather to wish a fine Yuletide Season! Come One and All, Young and Old, Shy and Bold, and let thy fancies run free (and be sure to bring your cameras!)
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Songwriting Essentials Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
This highly interactive workshop is for beginner or intermediate songwriters seeking to more deeply explore the craft in a supportive environment where creativity is prioritized over formula, Songwriters will work individually, collaborate with peers, and give and receive constructive feedback. Themes will include: key elements of songs, sources of inspiration, the creative process, identifying and overcoming common stumbling blocks, embracing vulnerability and fear, letting go of achievement-driven art, connecting your voice and values, and allowing your unique perspective to shine. Activities will include individual and group writing exercises, presentation, discussion, Q&A, and group song / idea sharing.
$501- $1000
Kornrich, Mike Mike Kornrich-HAPPY MUSIC FOR HAPPY KIDS Music
Mike plays Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele and sings songs like: I've Been Working On the Railroad, When Your Smiling, Rock Around the Clock. Silly Antics in between songs. Most songs have child interaction. A fun time for children mostly under age 7. Parents like it too!! See www.mikekornrich.com
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Wingspan: Building Creative Confidence and Courage Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Other
(Women & Wingspan: same workshop with female-only participants) To be human is to be creative. Even so, many of us have trouble connecting to, nurturing and prioritizing our creativity. In this engaging, interactive, values-centered workshop, participants will learn strategies to connect to their internal compass and find patience and tolerance for taking artistic risks. Activities will include facilitated exercises, discussion, writing and reflection, with music and inspiring images enhancing the environment. Themes will include: myths and the creative process, inspiration, embracing fear and vulnerability, identifying and overcoming stumbling blocks, embracing intrinsic expression regardless of outcome, connecting your art & values, and allowing your unique perspective to shine. No matter from which creative arena – painting, drawing, pottery, poetry, photography, music and beyond – each participant will have protected time and space to re-discover and re-commit to expressing their creative core.
$1001- $3000
McGrath, Cathy “HALLOWEEN HOOT” rhymes, chants, singing games Literature- Other,
Music,
Other
Not your usual Halloween party, but a creative choice of interactive musical activities such as wooden limberjack puppets, an imitation story, traditional singing games that children act out and sing all together, traditional rhymes and chants based on the spooky things that autumn conjures up. Children may wear costumes or not, your choice. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, drum and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups
$201- $350
Morse, Andy EVERY HERO HAS A SONG Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Every Hero Has A Song is a 50 minute program that focuses on Andy'e hero's, the children. In this program there will be active participation through music, dance and story telling. Children will have many opportunities to add their input while they create together. Andy's targeted age range is pre-school through 3rd grade. Block bookings are delightfully encouraged. Many references available upon request.
$501- $1000
Ruch, Dave Songs from New York State! History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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
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