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Program
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Description
Fee
Tranchina, Gabriele Tribute to Nat King Cole Music
Come and hear some of the exciting songs that Nat King Cole made famous, like “Naure Boy”. “It’s only a paper moon”, “I got it bad” and many more. We also talk Mr. Cole’s life.
$201- $350
Shih, Patricia Summer Reading Club concert Music
Award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih offers a custom-made show every year to match the theme of the summer reading club. All songs not only relevant but also have entire audience participation and are full of fun, movement, sing-along and more. Ms. Shih is one of the country's top-booked, most highly-respected and loved entertainers in the family music genre.
$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!
$351- $500
merwin, chris Kikyo Genso-Japanese music and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Kikyo Genso (beautiful illusion in Japanese) is a one of a kind duo consisting of Kishiko Hasegawa and Chris Merwin. Kishiko studied the ancient Noh theater dance and singing as a child in Japan and Chris Merwin has immersed himself in the esoteric music of the bamboo shakuhachi flute both in Japan and at home. Together they enchant audiences with a marriage of the two art forms that are not paired together in the traditional arts world of Japan. The program features elegant dance based on Noh dance accompanied by Zen Buddhist and classical music, as well as folk dances with the words sung in Japanese. The performers are authentically costumed in kimonos and cultural and historical background is given on all aspects of the performance. This show is the only one of it's kind anywhere and is as entertaining as it is educational.
$501- $1000
Florez, Karla Tamarindo Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tamarindo is a children's book adapted to be performed as a story telling and dance form. It shows how boys and girls from El Canal del Dique region in the Carribean coast of Colombia love to paint their bodies with black paint as a remembrance of the period in slavery and the freedom from it. A special characteristic in this story is the use of facial gestures. I retell the story by telling of a boy whom is loved throughout the town and enjoy dancing in despite of living in reduced circumstances. Values like rejoice, love and courage are shown in this story while dancing and keeping the contagious rhythm of Danza negra.
$201- $350
Pelham, Ruth Room For Us All concerts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
**Reduced fees available for multiple programs in one day or block booking with multiple libraries for the same day.** In these complex times when including each child in a loving circle of belonging is crucial to assuring the safety and well-being of our communities, this song-filled concert affirms that each of us can be kind and caring human beings at home, in school, and in our local and global communities. Based on Ruth Pelham’s original songs such as 'Love is All Around,' 'Each of Us Is Kind,' 'The Meanies,' and 'Under One Sky,' participants sing along about peace, friendship, compassion, kindness, inclusion, patience, and other themes. 'Room For Us All' teaches the value of intentional, cooperative, and peaceful relationships as a way of us benefiting from the richness of the human web of life. 'Room For Us All' CDs & activity books also available.
$501- $1000
Ellison, Emily Children Sing and Celebrate Around the World! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
CHILDREN SING AND CELEBRATE AROUND THE WORLD  Ages 0 - 100! Children Participants will sing folk songs from America around the world and play djembes, shakeres, balaphon, ie percussion instruments from America, Africa, China, Latin America, and Native America.  They will explore the these five elements of music rhythm, tempo, timbre, dynamics and melody as they sing and make music from all corners of the Earth!
$201- $350
!, briz FREEDOM STAIRWAY (Travels on the Human Highway) National Tour History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
The Freedom Stairway saga is based on the Slave Narratives conducted by our government in the 1930's. I have already performed Freedom at a number of schools and libraries. My Freedom songs portray the sacrifices and hardships that slaves endured to reach freedom via the Underground Railroad. The Freedom songs are sung to a multi-media backdrop, including beautiful black and white period photos provided by the Library of Congress to enhance the experience. In addition, I also include short narratives between songs and display African instruments from that troubled time in our nation's history. Plans are currently underway to bring this entertaining and informative program to the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Don't miss out on the chance to include this wonderful program in your schedule this year.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn The Voice and Sound - Energized Healing Instruments Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An introduction to the use of the voice as an instrument. Participants learn about proper breathing, sacred sound, psychoacoustics, cross-cultural mantra, song and chant, gestures combined with sound to support the voice, and the relaxing, meditative state of mind you are capable of entering. Through the use of the voice as a sound portal, multiple benefits occur - emotional, physical benefits and spiritual connections are strengthened. You do not need to be a singer or have any musical background.
$101- $200
Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley “Remembering Louis Armstrong” History,
Media- Other,
Music
“Remembering Louis Armstrong” Louis Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and inventive musical mind still dominate jazz to this day. His music influenced not only instrumentalists, but vocalists such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Sonny & Perley along with a band of swinging musicians bring to life some of his iconic recordings including Basin Street Blues, Dream A Little Dream and St. Louis Blues as well as favorites from his popular recordings with Ella and many others.
$351- $500
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