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Program
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Description
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Sieling, Tom Take a Tromp Through the Swamp! A top 10 lineup of the world's most fun, most participatory kids' songs Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
After 20 years of programs, here are the 10 most fun, participatory (even a bit athletic!) kids' songs Tom’s been able to find - all in one program! In keeping with the “Libraries Rock!” theme, he includes lots of encouragement of the kids’ lifelong participation in music, reading, and library usage. He performed 52 programs during the Summer Reading season of 2017, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and a drum machine to keep things nice and upbeat. He’s added beautiful slides and cool facts about area animals (visuals… like a real rock show!). Tom can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 125 miles or for 3 or more booked together) - please see below. Dozens of references available. ¬ ‘Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!’ - Nicole Carner, Former Library Director, Pember Library, Granville, NY. ‘Tom was amazing!! We all enjoyed his performance. I would love it if he could visit our school again next year. He ROCKS!’ Kristina Kiely, Principal, E. C. Stevens Elementary, Wallingford, CT
$201- $350
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Wingspan: Building Creative Confidence and Courage Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Other
(Women & Wingspan: same workshop with female-only participants) To be human is to be creative. Even so, many of us have trouble connecting to, nurturing and prioritizing our creativity. In this engaging, interactive, values-centered workshop, participants will learn strategies to connect to their internal compass and harness their innate wisdom, patience and tolerance for taking creative risks. Through individual writing and reflection, individual and group exercises, live and recorded music, and group discussion, we will cover: debunking the myths of process and perfection; sources of inspiration; embracing fear and the vulnerability of creative connection; letting comparison be inspiring instead of toxic; identifying and overcoming stumbling blocks; letting go of achievement-driven art and embracing intrinsic, soulful expression regardless of outcome; connecting one’s art to purpose; and allowing one’s unique perspective and voice to shine. No matter from which creative arena – painting, drawing, pottery, poetry, photography, music and beyond – each participant will have protected time and space to re-discover and re-commit to expressing their creative core.
$351- $500
Northshield, Sarah Stories Songs and Silliness Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Lots of familiar rhymes, songs, fingerplays, movement, feltboards and a book or two. Everyone gets a big sticker at the end, followed by music and bubbles. Children must have an adult caregiver.
Up to $100
McGrath, Cathy “CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Cuisle Mo Chroί” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Enjoy a batch of Christmas carols and tunes. The concert features songs learned from parents and grandparents and includes songs from NY, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, French Canada, Italy, and tunes learned from Irish friends, all of which are featured on the CD “Winter Root.” Try this recipe for a holiday concert: combine a dash of flute, a pinch of penny whistle, a smidgen of bodhrán, and spice with guitar, frost with Celtic harp, add a generous portion of rich vocal harmonies and then let your spirits rise. The trio “Cuisle Mo Chroí” ( pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) is one of the premier folk ensembles in the Rochester NY area. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, have appeared nine times in the Rochester Irish Festival, have opened for Cherish the Ladies, are often found at Irish music sessions in the area, and have played together for 20 years at festivals, libraries, pubs, parties, and more. This program has been presented most recently in the Tiffany Mosaic Chapel in Clifton Springs, NY.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John THE ART of the BALLAD: Oral Literature, Musical Poetry, Mystery and Legend History,
Literature- Other,
Music
The ballad was a powerful and mystical form of early literature that was enriched and carried through time by the elements of rhyme, rhythm, and music. This collection of compelling short musical tales represents different cultures, and is presented in original form - as songs rich in symbolism, surprising storylines, archetypal characters, and the familiar motifs they share with their close cousins, folk and fairy tales. This intriguing program features early music and instruments from the times of Beowulf to Shakespeare, including medieval bray harp, hurdy gurdy, recorders and other historic instruments. Adaptable for different ages and seasons.
$351- $500
Messano, Bob Kids on the Move Concert Music
Guitar Bob's Kids on the Move Concert is an interactive musical program for young children and their families. Bob's original songs are designed to get kids moving and exercising. Children enjoy singing, clapping, jumping, shaking, and dancing during the program. Guitar Bob sings and plays a variety of cool electric guitars and harmonicas. He provides his own sound system so people can enjoy and participate in the music. Guitar Bob's music program includes songs that are humorous, imaginative, and educational. Guitar Bob's hit songs can be found on his CD's. They include "Elephants Like to Jump", "We're in a Spaceship", "Milkshake and Cherry Freeze", "Sam the Clam's Blues", and "Captain Coconut". Guitar Bob rocks!
$351- $500
Beaugard, Carol COUNTRY HOEDOWN Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is one of our popular programs: COUNTRY HOEDOWN - Suitable for any time of the year - we perform a variety of songs in the world of bluegrass and country music. We can include a narrative explaining the origins of bluegrass and information on the instruments used. We can perform as a quintet, quartet or trio and instrumentation can include: vocals, guitar(s), mandolin, banjo, fiddle, or bass - based on your budget and needs ($175 per musician; + $100 for sound). Adult Presentation - straight concert and information on the history of the music. Children's Presentation - musical selections are geared for a younger audience and we invite them to sing, clap hands and play along with kazoos and basic percussion.
$501- $1000
Stock, Judy Reading, Rhythm & Rhyme Literature- Other,
Music,
Other
Judy Stock has been performing for children for over 25 years. She has experience performing for families and for all ages along with years of experience teaching and working with preschoolers. Judy combines her musical talents and love of reading in this program which encourages children to use their imagination and explore the world of books. Using poetry, tongue twisters, songs, short stories and instruments, Judy leads her audience through an exciting program where they are active participants in discovering the joy of reading. Judy performs using the banjo, guitar, pennywhistle, jaw harp, nose whistle, spoons and more! Judy writes and performs songs to go with the theme of each summer reading program. Please visit her web site for references and more information. www.judystock.com
$201- $350
Goldin, Amy Careers and the Arts Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other
I offer an interactive workshop for students and parents on the training and career options in the arts. We explore data and careers and ways in which students who love the arts can craft creative career paths. This workshop is appropriate for students in high school and beyond.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Dancing With Horses Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Dance
This program is an introduction to the art of dressage, as performed by the Spanish Riding School and Lippizaner Stallions of Austria. Participants will learn dance moves that mimick the moves of the horses, and can practice them in a simulated dressage arena. They will learn moves such as the side pass, pirouette, flying changes, piaffe and passage. The history of the art will be taught using Margeurite Henry's book: The White Stallion of Lippiza. Students will be allowed to perform a KUR using classical music at the end of the program. Dressage is the art of teaching horses to dance in harmony with themselves. It was originally developed by the Greek General Xenophon, as a means to train horses for war. Today it is performed both as an Olympic sport in the summer games and by those who wish to train their horses in the higher arts. The class will be conducted as a ballet class in a flat open area of the library. This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
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