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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Knight, Leonora Pre-K - 2nd Grade Animal Show Literature- Other,
Music,
Science
Your younger patrons will love performing songs to such books as From Head to Toe, The Very Busy Spider, Stellaluna, In the Small Pond, Quiet Cricket, Mr. Seahorse, Rainbow Fish, Diary of a Worm or a Fly and more! Each show features 7 different original and multi-cultural songs which are transformed into age appropriate musical numbers. They will learn about the animals behavior by acting out to the music! Props, puppets and costumes enhance creativity.
$201- $350
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Taiko Drums of Japan Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Drawn from the rich folk heritage of Japan, the Ryu Shu Kan presents: Taiko Drums of Japan. This hour long program introduces the audience to the exciting sounds and sights of a Taiko performance. The Drummers play powerful rhythms as they move around the drums with martial arts choreography. Karate & Samurai Forms enhance the feeling of the ancient Samurai spirit of the Japanese people and traditional Japanese Folk dance weaves its way throughout the show. The elegant sound of the Japanese harp -Koto- is played as well as the haunting sounds of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute as an interlude between the thunder of the Taiko pieces. The Ryu Shu Kan is sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and this program is part of their community outreach program: Introduction to Japanese Culture.
$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
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
Koch, Kaitlyn The Great American Songbook: Jazz Standards from the 1920s-1950s Music
The Kaitlyn Fay Trio/Quartet/Quintet performs a wide variety of jazz standards from The Great American Songbook. Performances can contain a mix of styles and songs or they can be tailored as a tribute to one of the various important jazz singers of the 20th century, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O'Day.
$201- $350
Lester, Mary Ireland & Scotland - Verse & Music Literature- Poetry,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Songs, melodies, and poems from old and recent Ireland and Scotland open a view of our Celtic heritage. Mary Lester, Josh Gregg, and Jon Griffin perform on Irish harp, fiddle, and guitar.
$101- $200
Grudko, Marian Antigone Music
Antigone by composer Marian Grudko “Antigone” is an electronic music composition created entirely using analog tape and analog sound generators, including a Steinway piano.  No computers were used in the process.  It is in a style loosely called organized sound, using some of the tape manipulating techniques originating in 1948, in the electronic music known as “musique concrète.” The composition is an emotionally charged, electronic representation of Sophocles’ play “Antigone,” part of the Oedipus trilogy. There is a brief, powerful part towards the end of the music which some fans refer to as the “Jimi Hendrix” section, to the delight of composer Marian Grudko who confirms that it is indeed an “homage.” “Antigone” is performed through a state-of-the-art sound system, and is offered in two formats: 1) an audio performance only, or 2) audio plus visual, using a screen and computer program that creates a colorful visual representation of the sounds generated by the composition. This program is recommended for adults and older children. A short synopsis of Sophocles’ “Antigone” will be presented by the composer before the music performance.
$201- $350
Didgeridoo, Down Under Music & More from the Land Down Under History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Music & More from the Land Down Under takes the audience on a musical journey to Australia and beyond, as the performer plays an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments, mixed with colorful stories and humor. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. We play a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects. We also talk about the Aboriginal people and the native animals of the enchanting Land Down Under.
$351- $500
Ackerbauer, Bill Songs for Kids of All Ages Music
Bill Ackerbauer loves to get kids excited about participating in live music! He encourages sing-alongs, movement and silliness as he performs traditional and original material with guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and other instruments. Bill has more than 20 years' experience as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed with bands in several genres (rock, bluegrass, folk) in addition to playing solo. Bill has performed for audiences of all ages at public libraries in Johnstown, Gloversville, Canajoharie, Troy and Ballston Spa, to name a few, as well as at museums, schools, festivals and markets around the state.
$101- $200
Hill Brothers, The Americana History,
Music
Introduce everyone to the sounds of American folk, bluegrass and traditional music. With the recent success of the Grammy Award-winning "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack, this music has been rediscovered as a symbol of American traditions and spirit. Using spoons, pennywhistle, washtub bass, dulcimer, banjo, acoustic guitar and more, the Hill Brothers present a lively concert full of humor, singalongs and loads of audience participation while students absorb valuable lessons in America's history, geography, cultural makeup and values! A great program to celebrate America, rural &/or harvest themes, any national holiday, Music in the Schools month.
$501- $1000
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