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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
McIntosh, Story Laurie Story Laurie's Super Sonic Adventure! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a wild ride through the world of sound with Story Laurie. In her inimitable style, Laurie will take your audience on a wacky adventure, exploring topics such as the mechanics of sound, onomatopoeia (Fizz! Boom! Baa!) and other wonders. We’ll visit the Museum of Aural Anachronisms, with its permanent exhibit on typewriters, rotary dial telephones and vinyl records. And we’ll even travel to France, where turkeys say “glou, glou, glou” and dogs say “ouah, ouah!” Yes, folks, through story, song, improv aplenty and tons of fun audience participation, you can’t ask for a more engaging, high energy show for your SRP audience. Bring Story Laurie to your public library, and you, too, will learn why she was voted 2013 “Best Children’s Performer” by Hudson Valley Magazine.
$201- $350
Huntley, Elizabeth The Harp: Medieval to Modern Music,
Other
Meet the concert harp with a program that displays the wide range and versatility of the beautiful queen of instruments. Audiences learn what this unusual and rare instrument can do. With sparkling music ranging from the classics to Broadway, this is a program of solo harp music that enchants and enthralls all ages. The lecture/concert can be tailored to audiences of all sizes and all ages.
$201- $350
Connolly, Carol World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hola! Bonjour! Konnichiwa! Grab your boarding passes and travel around the world with the award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes. This sing-along, clap-along, highly interactive program will take us to many countries. Through folk tales and multicultural songs from around the globe, young readers will explore our cultural diversity while celebrating the common bonds we share with our neighbors throughout the world. It’s an exciting, lively and fun musical story event that encourages kids and their families to participate both from their seats and on stage. Before we say “Adios!” “Au Revoir!” and “Ciao!” they’ll want to learn more, at the library, about this world of ours. Fasten your seat belts!
$201- $350
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Other
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his plungers. Jim performs over 200 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$351- $500
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
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Erie Canal History,
Music
Canal songs, performed in 19th-century costume and using period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina, etc.). Songs about the construction of the canal (1816-1826), about canallers' lives and work, and about the folklore of the canal. Examples: The Meeting of the Waters of Hudson and Erie, Oh That Low Bridge, Paddy On the Canal, Buffalo to Troy, Ee-ri-ee Was Risin', Trip On the Erie, Low Bridge, etc. Also includes information regarding canal and Western New York history. May include Mark Twain poem The Aged Pilot Man. Performed frequently in the Rochester area, and at folk festivals in New York & New England. Performed at libraries in Lockport, Lyons, Albion, Big Springs Museum (Caledonia), historical societies in Greece, West Sparta, etc. Also NY State Button Society convention (Owego), April 2011.
$201- $350
Foreman, Jon The Defibrillators Band Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Aging Baby Boomers now have a band whose music reflects their refusal to grow old gracefully. As pioneers of Senior Citizen Rock and Blue-Haired Blues, The Defibrillators poke good-natured fun at the foils and foibles of aging in their contagious blues-based rock originals. Billing themselves as “the World’s Oldest Boy Band”. Their high caliber of musicianship is offset only by their subtle theatrics during live performances. Their eponymous CD has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, Newsday, LI Press, Good Times, LI Entertainment, Aural Fix and other local press. All the good fun aside, The Defibrillators have rightfully been called a Super group by the press. The members of the band are all highly accomplished musicians who have made their mark on the music scene.
$501- $1000
Biedermann, Peter Instrumental Acoustic Guitar Concert Music
100% original solo instrumental music performed on 6 and 12 string guitars? Hmmm...sounds like a hard sell. Not really. The reason it works is simple. All you need is a performer who loves what he does..and...an audience of engaging and open minds that is willing to go for the ride. I do believe that is exactly the type of individual that would attend a musical performance in a library. While PB's influences are all over the map and not limited to any specific musical genre, all the listener has to do is close their eyes and let their imagination be their guide. Check out his website for more info as well as some newly posted YouTube videos that will give you an idea of the type of material you would hear at one of his concerts.
$201- $350
Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley The Great American Songbook - Post Golden Age History,
Media- Other,
Music
The Great American Songbook - Post Golden Age Much of the music written between 1959 and 1970 is etched into our hearts and minds in a nostalgic way. Baby boomers and their parents remember the theme songs from many Hollywood films, such as The Shadow Of Your Smile, A Man and A Woman, Alfie, The Summer Of 42 (The Summer Knows), Moon River.
$351- $500
Jones, Dean Songwriting with Dean Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dean will start from scratch, working with a group of kids to create brand new, inspired songs. The kids will learn about how songs are put together, with melody, rhythm, chords, harmony, and all the parts of a song (chorus, verses, etc). A topic will be chosen quickly and in a very short amount of time we will be singing and performing a song, or songs. Dean has a special talent for tapping into kid's inner songwriter, hopefully setting them on a lifelong path to self-expression and creativity.
$201- $350
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