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Program
Category
Description
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Ichile-Mckenzie, 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
Bromka, Sondra & John THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The artists' extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic Medieval, Renaissance, & traditional instruments. Playing upon the intriguing and rare historic hurdy gurdy to enrich our theme and setting, we are pleased to accompany our performance journey with an early music mini-concert specially designed for children, highlighting a diverse collection of early instruments of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Imaginations are courted with the mysterious and evocative sounds. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments from bagpipes to 'whittle and dub' you will marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. This program is being packaged as a 2-for-1 with 'STONE SOUP WITH THE HURDY GURDY MAN' These two complementary programs unite perfectly to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful A treasure for the eyes, ears, and imagination!
$351- $500
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion, Lockport, Penfield, as well as various regional festivals and Civil War re-enactments.
$201- $350
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” a magical tale read by Marian Grudko One day near Christmas time, an elderly tailor 
began to make a coat -- of cherry colored corded silk
-- for the Mayor of Gloucester. In the bitter cold, the tailor became ill, 
and unable to finish the coat. Yet it WAS finished. But by whom? This classic Christmas story is said to have been 
Beatrix Potter’s personal favorite. Marian’s reading has become a new holiday tradition!
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal History,
Music
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of Clinton’s Ditch, all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Mankita, Jay Jay's Playful Earth Concert - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Designed and constructed from Jay’s most popular songs and stories. Folks are working every day to move this world ever closer to peace, kindness, and a more caring awareness of ourselves, each other, and our natural world. Topics include baseball, dolphins, aliens, rainforests, and dinosaurs, plus time travel, camels, caribou, soap, dreams, and of course, books and libraries! Very playful, with plenty of singing and dancing along!
$351- $500
Ellison, Emily WORLD DANCE PARTY! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
CALLING ALL KIDS! OLE AND Hooray for dancing. Dance a folk dance from Ghana, the Raspa from Mexico, a stick dance from India and a Snake dance from Native America with music and movement specialist Emily Ellison. Play authentic instruments and learn more about the cultures of the world around you!
$201- $350
Maichack, Mary Jo Everybody Says Hello Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This multilingual program is lively and entertaining, with stories sung, told in English with other languages, too—even drawn by audience children with big, colorful markers on a big poster you can keep. The program was nominated for a Mass. Cultural Council Gold Star Program Award. For starters, audience members share "hello" in languages they know. National Award-winning Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack leads the fun--Learn and sing a song in Japanese and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in Spanish. “Plant” cabbages the French way—with your nose, my leetle cabbage, mon petit chou, in a funny movement game/song that always makes you crack up! There's a wonderful tale of Paco's Wild Villa, told with bits of Spanish and drawn by children. We round it out with a charming dress-up story from Vietnam in feathers. Request Italian, too!
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry A Victorian Christmas Holiday! History,
Literature- Poetry,
Music
Merry Merry! Celebrate the holidays with music and poetry from Merry Olde England to get your community into the Holiday Spirit! A 45-minute Christmas season show with sing a longs of holiday music from Victorian Christmas to the favorites of the present, wrapped up with some fun poetry and silly holiday puns! Sing alongs and humor will be a great addition to your community event! Musicians come dressed in Victorian Christmas costuming or in festive holiday apparel to set the mood for your event!
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn Musical Eras and Styles (History through Music) History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Highlights of major periods of music history, noteworthy composers and their contributions, instrumentation, stylistic technique of the composer (all preceded by an introduction to basic music theory to facilitate understanding the terms) as well as brief viewing and commentary on major art of period and how each influenced the other. Major periods: Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern (1890-)to 20th Century as time permits. Handouts of timelines are provided, along with instructor's notes. A projector is needed for viewing. Instructor brings lap top. The content is targeted to high school age and adults.
$201- $350
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