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Roethel, Glen What's a HOUSE CONCERT? Let's host one at the Library! Music,
Performing Arts- Other
What's all the buzz about HOUSE CONCERTS? If your curiosity is peaked but you don't know where to begin, join us tonight for our own HOUSE CONCERT in the comfort of our library, featuring the sweet voice and acoustic guitar of singer-songwriter, Glen Roethel. Glen just released his third solo CD, Unfolding, so this will be a CD release house concert! Glen's songs have a positive message, and his musicianship has gained him prestigious teaching positions at Summersongs and Wintersongs (, songwriting and performance camps for adults) and at the SoundConnections annual music conference in Kansas City, Missouri and Tampa, Florida. In 2009, Glen was selected over more than 150 big-name applicants as guitarist for the Harmonizing With Humanity house band for a two-day music festival at Hohokam Stadium, Arizona raising awareness and funds for Autism research, three songs from his new CD have been nominated for Posi Awards, he's published by Hal Leonard Corp, the largest music publisher on earth, he's an award-winning songwriter, sought-after studio vocalist/musician, and guitar sideman to the stars! Tonight, Glen plays two 30-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission for refreshments. Ask Glen how you can host house concerts in your own home.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele A Celebration of seasons in song Music
This program will show how the moods of the different seasons, the circle of the year in connection to life and love, effect the lyric writing and composing of standards. You will hear Johnny Mercer’s “Autumn Leaves” and “The Summer Wind”, the Bernstein/Comden/Green composition “Some Other Spring”, Rogers and Hart’s “Spring is here, Gershwin’s “Summer time” and many more.
$201- $350
Clive, Young, The History of Rock Concerts History,
Performing Arts- Other
Clive Young has been a concert industry journalist for more than 15 years, so The History of Rock Concerts offers an insider’s view of how rock concerts grew from Elvis performing in hayfields to the multi-million-dollar spectacles that the Rolling Stones and Madonna present today. Weaving facts, humorous anecdotes, video and PowerPoint together, this program highlights how concerts, like rock music, have always changed to reflect the times.

Special attention is paid to

  • The Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium
  • Woodstock and its tragic sequel, Woodstock 1999
  • The epic charity event, Live Aid
  • The first rock concert
  • The top 10 biggest music events ever
  • How MTV influenced the modern rock show
  • Why tickets cost so much today
  • How a show is produced
  • Hearing protection tips

    As an added bonus, concert earplugs and hearing conservation pamphlets are provided free for all attendees to take home.

    EXCLUSIVE: While this program features considerable performance footage, The History of Rock Concerts features two video documentaries that are exclusive to this program, showing life behind-the-scenes on recent tours by Fleetwood Mac and The Who. These films can not be seen anywhere else!

  • $201- $350
    Handy, Spook Tales from the Road History,
    Life Skills- Other,
    Spook’s been to every American state except Hawaii, Michigan. And he’s met all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds – learning the history, values and culture of different groups of people. In this heartwarming, inspiring and sometime humorous concert Spook will share stories and songs he learned directly from Pete Seeger or indirectly from Woody Guthrie or his own songs about the places he’s been, people he’s met and the predicaments he’s found himself in. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Visit for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
    $501- $1000
    Van Egmond, Timothy The Wonder Underground Multicultural- Other,
    Performing Arts- Storytelling
    Have your summer readers “shovel into” an exciting adventure with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs about digging, gardening and going underground! Stories include “How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarted the Frogs” (by getting them to dig a deep grave for a seemingly dead Br’er Raccoon), “Talk” (coming very unexpectedly from some yams in a West African garden), and “Todo O Nada – All Or Nothing” (a spooky story about a hidden treasure cave). Songs include “Ground Hog,” “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground,” and “The Garden Song.” Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 25 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's "Kid, Books, and the Arts" Project.
    $351- $500
    Knight, Leonora Healing Yourself and Family with Eva Kane Life Skills- Other,
    Literature- Authors,
    One woman’s gentle guide to forgiveness, compassion, healing and personal growth. Patrons will hear readings from upcoming novel and listen to a few original songs, written to ease the pain and suffering. Patrons will also write down some of their habits and see what can be changed. Eva will share exactly how she healed not only herself, but her husband and son as well. She will help you discover why we act the way we do How to breathe deeply and make our own habit changes Realize everything we want is available - with energy change, there is a ripple effect
    $351- $500
    Bromka, Sondra & John Historic Music and Dance Celebrations of Many Cultures History,
    Performing Arts- Dance
    Bells & Motley's International Instruments, with International Folk Dances for Families; Special topics include Celebrating NYS Heritage with Dutch Music and French Cultural Heritage Concerts, Performances, Celebrations See website for detailed information, photos, and much more.
    $351- $500
    Stelljes, Eileen Ben Franklin and the Glass Armonica History,
    Presenter in 18th Century dress describes the popular 18th Century musical instrument made of glass bowls. Invented and perfected by clever colonial scientist, Ben Franklin, it became hugely popular! Hear recorded examples of what some described as the sound of angels singing. Can water glasses produce lovely notes or tunes? We will experiment; attempting to play music on plastic bottles, water glasses, and glass bowls. With a computer available, participants may play an on-line replica of Franklin's Glass Armonica.
    $101- $200
    Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
    Performing Arts- Other
    Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
    $351- $500
    Wiest, Stan Great American Songbook and Sing Along and Holiday Sing Along Music
    Stan Wiest on piano performs music of the Great American Songbook, tells humorous anecdotes of his performances with and for celebrities and closes the program with a full audience sing along. Sing along depends on time of year -December Holiday Sing Along rest of year American Standards. Stan Wiest provides master copy of sing along to be reproduced for audience.
    $351- $500
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