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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Black, Marc A History of the 1950's and '60's through Popular Song. History,
Music
In this engaging and humorous program, the audience relives this colorful time in our history. I'll use a wide range of songs including surprising, memorable favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan's blowing in the Wind. This program is musical, thought provoking and always leaves the audience feeling good about where we are... and where we've been. You can see many reviews on my website… http://www.marcblack.com/web3/history-of-the-1950s-60s-through-popular-song/.)
$351- $500
Chirignan, Melanie Serenaded by Sonatas Music
Flutist Melanie Chirignan and pianist Michael Clement will be performing an eclectic program of sonatas ranging from the Baroque, Romantic, and Post-Classical periods, by Bach, Poulenc, and Prokofiev. The program will be book marked by seductive dances including Ravel's Piece en Formed de habanera, and Piazzolla's Libertango.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Musical Inventions -- The Science of Instruments! Music,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Explore the physics of sound using homemade musical instruments with Kathy Ceceri, author of Musical Inventions. Kids will learn how instruments create sound waves and how design affects pitch (frequency), timber, and volume (amplitude) by making drinking straw oboes, foam cup string basses, balloon drums, and paper poppers to take home. They'll also get to try out a variety of unusual musical gadgets such as a toolbox xylophones, salad bowl singing bowl, and musical glasses. For ages 11 and up, ask about advanced projects including Paint Stirrer Bullroarers, Wooden Thumb Pianos, or Cardboard Record Players. Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for kids. Her titles include Paper Inventions, Fabric Inventions, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, and Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Dorland, Trish Marian Anderson - the first African-American to perform at Carnegie Hall Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Using many recordings of Marian Anderson's performances, this presents the life story of a brave, resilient black woman who went forward in her life by putting her incredibly beautiful voice first.
$101- $200
McGrath, Cathy “THE HEART OF AMERICAN MUSIC” 19th century songs of our heritage History,
Music,
Other
Based on research done for music for the Genesee Country Village & Museum with Flint Hill Folk, Cathy McGrath presents a program of nineteenth century heritage music in authentic period dress and with instruments appropriate to the era. The audience is encouraged to participate by singing their hearts out! Songs are chosen from two books which were collections compiled from thousands of people who sent in their favorite songs of the previous century. From Heart Songs (1909): “Each song recalls to the individual reader some tender, sad, joyous or martial association.” From Songs That Never Grow Old (1903): “A collection of old-time songs that have long been tried and forever loved.” Songs of all sorts of categories are presented - love, home, Erie Canal, historic, patriotic, dancing, popular and folk songs - and represent a valuable gauge to the popular taste in music at that time. These melodies are part of our collective past, yet still resonate today. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy uses an 1870’s guitar, limberjack puppets, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Dotterweich,Stein,Pearles,Strom, Bernie,Dug,Gail,Don and Steve Bluegrass Music Music,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Environment
For the Blue Mule Band the message is clear; to bring the unique sound of mulegrass to audiences everywhere. While Webster might not be able to define MuleGrass, The Blue Mule Band knows exactly what it is: an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and upbeat folk music played amid moments of humor and a lot of fun. Awash in harmonies and unique style, the sound of The Blue Mule Band sets the group apart from other bluegrass bands. Born out of jam sessions at Fosters Irish Pub in Ellicottville New York, the Cattaraugus County based band was officially formed in December 2003. In 2004, The Blue Mule Band and 36 fans, took their music for a weeklong pub tour of Ireland. Highlights of the trip was a spot on the Cormac McConnell Show. Members were interviewed and played three songs live on National Radio. The genuine interaction between the members and the audience has become a trademark and keeps folks coming back. Comittment to continuing The Blue Mule Band's unique sound and ex-panding original music continually drive the group in new directions.Contact at:@thebluemuleband@gmail.com or visit their web site @www.thebluemuleband.com
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Building a Better World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
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
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CORN-TASTIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH SONG STORIES Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Corn-Tastic - We learn about the many uses of Corn in today’s world. We learn the science and benefits, to the world, Corn brings and how we can all be the future, through education, of discovery. Farmer Tom Walsh, during his program, will distribute agriculture and farm related STICKERS to the fair goers. BEE ON THE FARM: Farmer Tom Walsh’s program has an agricultural theme that begins with a fun and educational story and then song on the life of bees. During the show everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Bee My Friend: Everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Cooperation with and respect for others (Dignity for All Students Act) is available for Elementary grade levels with his original story, The wooly bully bee, is a story of a bee that is misunderstood and everyone helps to tell the tale! Performance Preparation: Activities can include curriculum requirement, cooperation with others, farming, vegetables, recycling, nutrition, safety, history and music.
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry Christmas Elf Holiday! Music,
Other
Elves who have finished their work at the North Pole are able to come to your Library to lead a Holiday Sing-a-Long! Family friendly bad jokes will abound!
Up to $100
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