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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Ransom, Stanley Civil War songs of New York State History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
I sing the songs popular during the Civil War, especially songs from New York State. I play guitar, mandolin and banjo. I also play period tunes on the hammered dulcimer and tell the story of the importance of music during the Civil War. I include songs collected in Upstate New York.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Felix Pitre's MEXICAN LEGENDS & SONG Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Historical characters Pancho Villa, Dona Marina, Cortes and Montezuma are brought to life with wit and charm by this versatile performer. Be prepared to sing along with La Cucaracha, Cu cu ru cu cu Paloma and others.
$501- $1000
Shih, Patricia Immigration - The Musical! An artist-in-residence program History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih offers a residency designed for grades 4 and up to teach about Immigration in America. Ms. Shih will visit each class in one grade level to help them research and write a musical; if time and budget allows, there can also be auditions, rehearsals and an actual school or community theatrical production based on the students' families' own immigrant ancestor's experience. The length and scope of the residency will depend on the size of the grade population and the school's budget, needs and wants.
$1001- $3000
Ruch, Dave Just for Fun! Music
Dave brings along his banjo, bones, spoons, washboard, guitar, jaw harp and more for a special program full of musical fun for all ages. Audience members will delight in seeing and learning a bit about these instruments up close while enjoying some great participatory songs performed on each. Expect singalongs, movement songs, laughter, guessing games, even a few cartoon themes.....some audience members may even be invited to come up on "stage" and join in the fun! "We were so impressed by your performance - we’ve been telling everyone we know how enjoyable it was. You kept the audience enthralled" Sandy Gillard & Amy Josyln, Children’s Services, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia NY
$351- $500
O'Malley, James James O'Malley Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
The View From A Song Presenting the fine art of contemporary story telling through song. A flavored blending of Americana, Roots and Folk music reflecting everyday life's struggles, foibles, laughter and tears. During this concert/lecture, O'Malley lets each song do the talking and invites the audience to interview the song as seen thought the eyes of the composer. James O'Malley is regarded as one of the most respected of contemporary folk artists in this region. An eloquent performer and celebrated songwriter, audiences who've experienced his concerts are embraced by a warm and powerful performance. He has performed for years and has released 3 CDs on his own label. James is a New York native and lives in Center Moriches, N.Y. and enjoys the intimacy of library settings. ...His artistry goes beyond the songs, having seen James perform many times, I am beginning to appreciate how each song is a loving relationship for him, like a child, he never seems to tire of bringing each one to life for the audience. We are always mesmerized. Thank you... Laura Jones - Jones Review
$351- $500
Jones, Dean Exotic Instruments and Loopy Songs History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Dean will show and tell about scores of exotic instruments from around the world, including West African balafon, jaw harps from the Philippines and Vietnam, conch shells, bird calls, udu drums and much more. He will create spontaneously improvised loops (recordings that repeat which can be added on to), and perform some songs from around the world. Depending on the size of the audience, there will be participation, including singing and trying out the instruments. Dean has performed for many years as a one-man band with Arm of the Sea Theater, Hudson River Playback Theater and the Cave Dogs Shadow Troupe. He is also the leader of the band Dog on Fleas.
$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
Byers, Kathy YOUR SCHOOL IN SONG CREATE ONE TODAY! Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Co-written with input from all classes participating in the songwriting process. Additional songs are written as students are inspired by the "muse" in the classroom. Forty-five minutes per class works well for brainstorming, creating lyrics and melodies and voicemail recording with an iPod in the classroom. The school is presented with a CD-recording of their own School Song and a printout of lead sheet and lyrics. A celebratory assembly culminates the songwriting experience.
$351- $500
Kumalo, Robbi Keep The Beat Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Keep the Beat is multi-lingual world music concert featuring folk songs from around the globe with pulsating energy and interactivity. The emphasis of the concert is how people all over the world are connected by music, history, and daily interaction. Robbi K & Friends chant with you in Yoruba, hum Zulu folk songs like Mbube, dance to the Latin clavé rhythm, and sing in reggae style celebrating l’chaim; and the many things we have in common with each other. Robbi shares stories about her travels as a musician, and through call & response you'll find yourself singing in 5 different languages. Keep the Beat is a wonderful concert for festivals, schools, and main stage family programs. Children exposed to these songs will not only be singing them for many years to come but hopefully will be inspired to become loving and open-minded participants in the global community.
$351- $500
Roben, Terri Insects are Incredibly Interesting! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Through music and song, we will find out the difference between an insect, a bug, and a spider. We will learn some songs about the cool things they do, and the ways that they help and hurt us. But mostly we will have lots of fun exploring through music and some puppets how interesting this huge family of creatures is!
$101- $200
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