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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
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
diLorenzo, Valerie An Evening of Cabaret / Great American Songbook Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Valerie diLorenzo is an NYC Mac award winning vocalist and professional actor. Her numerous vocal styles include Standards, Jazz, Broadway, Pop and R&B. She is accompanied by Barry Levitt and has performed at: Laurie Beechman Theatre, Metropolitan Room, Triad, Don't Tell Mama's, The Duplex to name a few. Valerie provides a memorable and world class cabaret experience.
$351- $500
Hill Brothers, The Across New York State History,
Music
This program focuses on music and folklore from New York State's history with a special emphasis on the Erie Canal. The Hill Brothers use humor, great songs from the period and lots of audience participation in this fun-filled musical trip across the state. Perfectly complements 4th and 7th grade New York State social studies curriculum, yet fun enough for all grades to enjoy.
$501- $1000
Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot Learning to Like the World Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
In three workshops, teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy show children that their deepest desire is to like the world on an honest basis, and that everything--from a flower to mathematics to their mothers--can be used to like the world. Young people learn this big, important fact--that they can honestly like the world, even as they may be critical of bad things in it, because its structure is sensible, even beautiful, a oneness of opposites. They're encouraged to love knowledge, and through these classes they learn to respect one another more and become kinder to family, friends, and people of other cultures. Class 1: Books Tell You: the World & You are a deep and surprising team; Class 2: What Will Make a Person Truly Strong; or Martin Luther King & the Children's March; Class 3: Do we Want to Be Like Music? Ken Kimmelman's award winning anti-prejudice film "Brushstrokes" is shown.
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Song of the Century History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of the best known songs were written by the least known songwriters. Let's give credit where its due by learning about these songs and the people who wrote them.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John Timeless Tunes, Timeless Tales, and Musical Secrets of Long Ago and Far Away Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Discover the stories and secrets behind some of the most rare, mysterious, and magical musical instruments of history. How were they invented? How do they work? Hear the tales that are told about the person who was said to be the first player of the bagpipes in ancient Rome. Discover the secret behind stories that claim that fiddles actually have magical powers. What is the tallest stringed instruments ever invented? Are there actually wind instruments that you don't blow into? Can a harp ever play itself? What happens when you touch it? Children will be invited to try the harp and find out for themselves! Bells & Motley have discovered that young children (as well as adults) are enthralled by the unusual sounds and stories behind their unique collection of historic instruments, including rommelpot, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, harp, hand-made fiddles, and tromba marina. Audiences are especially excited to hear that the Bromkas, in addition to being musicians, historians, and veteran storytellers, are also expert instrument builders. An unforgettable interactive enrichment experience.
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave Just For Fun History,
Music
Dave brings along his banjo, guitar, bones, spoons, washboard and jaw harp for a special program full of musical fun. Audience members will delight in seeing and learning a bit about these instruments up close while enjoying some great participatory songs performed on each. Expect singalongs, movement songs, laughter, guessing games, even a few cartoon themes.....some audience members may even be invited to come up on stage and join in the fun with Dave! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
M, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
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