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Bromka, Sondra & John 'Who Has Heard the Wind?' - Interactive Family Concert of Historic Wind Instruments History,
Music,
Science
This performance is the perfect complement to our storytelling performance 'THE BOY WHO WENT TO VISIT the NORTH WIND.' Our extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, and TRADITIONAL FOLK INSTRUMENTS. Playing upon the wind as our theme and setting, we often usher in our performance journey with an early music mini-concert , specially highlighting our collection of early wind instruments of all shapes, sizes, and sounds. The audience is treated to consorts of recorders, of curious crumhorns, historical bagpipes both loud and soft, and a mysteriously ancient gemshorn. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments, 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. These two complementary programs unite to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful feast for the eyes, ears, and imagination! For EARTHDAY and ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS EVENTS, the artists can also explore mankind’s long partnership with the wind as energy, and how cultures around the world have shaped, utilized, and interacted with wind’s many powers and wonders. Windmills, kites, sailboats, seeds… wind contributes significantly to our lives, pleasures, & history.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Queen Nur's KWANZAA Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate the African holiday of family, community and culture with Queen Nur and her percussionist partner. A dynamic program of traditional African stories and songs.
$1001- $3000
Vinyard, Roland Others Have Christmas Too Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Christmas songs from many cultures, including various parts of the US, played on a variety of stringed instruments: guitar, 12 string guitar, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin, autoharp... Short introductions are given to each song to promote understanding without inducing boredom.
$101- $200
Grudko, Marian Dragonfly Bog Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dragonfly Bog a musical tale for families and adults 
by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko The air is poisoned, the water harsh and bitter. The Bog is in trouble and the dragonflies are leaving --
all except Sura, a small blue dragonfly who stays behind and sets out to save Dickinson Bog Turtle. More than a story of an endangered wetland,
“Dragonfly Bog” is a tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of music. Marian will perform the story, accompanied by her enchanting musical score. This program is for everyone who loves good music, 
a good story and good theater.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele Female Composers and Lyricists of Tin Pan Alley Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Meet the courageous and well-respected ladies who wrote and/or composed for Tin Pan Alley, being among the few women in a man’s world. Enjoy songs such as Carolyn Leigh’s “Witchcraft, specifically written for Frank Sinatra. Learn about the two women who dated George Gershwin. One of them, Ann Ronell even dedicated “Willow weep for me” to him. Explore the life of Dorothy Fields who inspired artists like Barbra Streisand with songs like “I’m in the mood for love” and whose “The way you look tonight” received great fame through the movie “Sing Time” by receiving an Oscar. Help us celebrate the talents of these woman and dive into their world of beautiful music.
$201- $350
Van Egmond, Timothy Builders of Tomorrow Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Build the excitement for your summer readers with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs! These are inspiring blueprints for A Better World. Stories include Slops! (a Welsh couple learn to be more considerate and become better neighbors), and Old Joe and the Carpenter (a spiteful farmer hires a carpenter to build a fence, and instead he builds a bridge). Songs include If I Had A Hammer and The Turning Of The World. 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 and stories 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 30 years. He's been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Science, Wondergy SoundScience Disability Awareness,
Music,
Science
Experience music and sound as you’ve never seen or felt it before! Turn your voice into a giant laser show. Play with unique instruments, including a Laser Harp and a PVC Xylophone, and get tickled with sound with a huggable speaker. Learn about hearing loss and other ways Deaf people can still experience sounds. TOPICS: Waves, pitch, volume, sound in air, harmony, adding waves, filtering waves, human speech. A hands-on activity making working speakers can finish-up this show!
$351- $500
Tranchina, Gabriele Songs about animals Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This program is for toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. We will learn about animals through song. The songs will be presented in an interactive, fun and age appropriate way with poss. props like pictures and stuffed animals.
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave Live In Concert - The Canal Street String Band! History,
Music
The Canal Street String Band performs good-time music on banjo, fiddle, twin mandolins, dobro, string bass, guitar and more, with stellar three-part harmonies. Cowboy songs...sea shanties...western swing...fiddle tunes...old-time mountain music...and originals too! Perfect for multi-generational audiences. The musicianship is outstanding, the songs are infectious, and the humor makes everyone feel right at home. Visit the website for video clips, reviews and more.
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Family Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Old Time Community Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?”! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. The “Homespun Family Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
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