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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Collins, Dawn Native American Flute - Introductory History & Playing Multicultural- Native American,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An introduction to the history of the Native American flute, a hands-on lesson that incorporates how to hold the flute, breath control, one breath soloing, jamming with others, a basic scale for flute, jamming with other instruments, and a handout of resources for further learning. With the minimum of 10 participants, an add-on to the workshop may be an option to build your own flute at an additional program cost of $50 per participant for the flute. This may develop into an ongoing flute learning & jam program if participants are interested.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Shimeta, Kathleen My Business is to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Emily Dickinson’s life comes alive in "My Business is to Sing!" as the poet delves into her home life, her relationships with her family, friends and love interests. Emily reveals her innermost passion for words, acknowledging that writing and poetry are her life. Dialogue melds into song and back to dialogue as Emily reflects on her life from age 9 to 24. Much has happened to mold her into the writer she is and will be. Developed and created by Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta, the dialogue is based on Ms. Dana’s book, "A Voice of Her Own." Song settings of Miss Dickinson’s poems include the works of composers Martin Hennessy, Aaron Copland, Drew Heminger, Michael Conley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti and William Roy. My Business is to Sing! is offered as a performance with Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta with Martin Hennessy, pianist. The program may also be presented with two additional professional actors from the area of the performance. These two actors would play multiple characters within the dialogue. Discussion with the presenters would determine the two person or four person show.
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook Tales from the Road History,
Life Skills- Other,
Music
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 www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Heitler-Klevans, David & Jenny Movin' and Groovin' at the Library Health & Fitness- Sports,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Music
Interactive musical performance, featuring songs about reading, books, exercise, sports, health, nutrition and balanced living. Two of a Kind gets everyone involved through singing, movement, sign language, lyrics-on-the-spot, puppets and more!
$351- $500
Russell, Linda The Good Old Colony Days History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Balladeer Linda Russell brings the 18th century vividly to life through music. Broadsides, ballads, love songs and humorous ditties are accompanied by guitar, penny whistle and hammered and mountain dulcimers as she tells the stories of everyday life in early America. Included are such songs as Johnnie's Gone for a Soldier, Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me and George Washington's favorite dance tune! In children's program - there is hands-on interaction. They get to try instruments and join in the harvest rhythm band.
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry Santa & Mrs. Claus Christma Sing-a-Long! Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is a very fun and different Christmas and Yule Holiday Program! Santa & Mrs. Claus come and do a Musical Program for you and your patron! After a program that features Holiday Favorite Songs (and some silly Elf Jokes)Santa and Mrs. Claus will take some special time to chat with girls and boys about their Christmas wish list! That's right, it's time to bend Santa's ear if you've been GOOD! (and it's never too late to be good if you've been a bit naughty! :) Santa KNOWS.
$351- $500
Tranchina, Gabriele Jazz Influences felt around the globe Music
The international flavor of jazz takes center stage. Highlighting its influences on music around the globe, from American Blues to Brazilian Jazz to Latin Jazz and more. Enjoy favorites like “Muddy Water”, “Besame Mucho”, “Samba do Aviao”, the French version of “The Autumn Leaves”- we’ve got it all.
$201- $350
Papa, Jim Music That Defines Your Generation - Sinatra, Elvis and The Beatles Music
This show concentrates on three big acts that defined several generations. Sinatra popular with the WWII generation, Elvis who helped bring Rock and Roll to the masses and the Beatles who catapulted America into The British Invasion. Performed by Jim Papa. Jim has emerged as a confident, versatile and personable singer/entertainer who enjoys performing music selections from every generation. Taking the lead from the greatest performers from years gone by, his renditions of classic ballads, pop and rock and roll as well as his ability to perform within a variety of music genres have made him a popular, featured performer. This show is upbeat, fun, interactive and nostalgic.
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia The Library: A Palace of Wonders! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An interactive program of original stories and songs sthat celebrates why we love the library! We will introduce you to Pollo Elastico, the Rubber Chicken of Freedom and Ruby the Rescue Cow, while reinforcing the fun of reading and the beauty of being a part of community.
$351- $500
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