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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Knight, Leonora Healing Yourself and Family with Eva Kane Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Music
One woman’s gentle guide to forgiveness, compassion, healing and personal growth. Patrons will hear readings from upcoming novel and listen to a few original songs, written to ease the pain and suffering. Patrons will also write down some of their habits and see what can be changed. Eva will share exactly how she healed not only herself, but her husband and son as well. She will help you discover why we act the way we do How to breathe deeply and make our own habit changes Realize everything we want is available - with energy change, there is a ripple effect
$351- $500
Ring, Barbara Electrify Your Strings! Assembly Program Music
As featured on NBC-TV’s The Today Show and CBS Evening News, world-renowned electric violinist Mark Wood delivers a powerful, exciting solo performance that will electrify, inspire, and engage students of all ages. The program includes riveting stories and discussions about the importance of expressing oneself through music and art, with a question and answer period following. This is a perfect way to introduce your entire school to the benefits of hosting more in-depth workshops, and is sure to whet everyone's appetite for more! A question and answer period follows.
$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
Maichack, Mary Jo The People Could Fly Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories of the African American Experience Book early for January’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and February’s Black History. This show is very popular. The message? Share, be fair, and enjoy this wonderful culture’s songs and stories. Features “The People Could Fly,” an empowering tale of slaves who find wings; “Little Daughter,” who sings her way out of the wolf’s woods; “The Talkin’ Cooter,” riddle tale of freedom told with fiddling turtle; “Mm, Mm, Mm, Martin Luther King”, storypoem of the man’s life by C. Blake-Alston. Children act out “Rabbit & Elephant” in mask and with African rhythm instruments. Also, spirituals and a dance from the Gullah-speaking Sea Islands. Takes listeners from the struggle to the soaring spirit. Even wise old 6th graders have risen, cheering, in response. “Students K-8 loved it.” - Sr. Corinne, Principal, Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, MA “Highly recommended” - Leon McKinley, Principal, Mayberry E.S., East Hartford, CT.
$351- $500
Helou, Paul Paul Helou interactive music for children Music
I have a very interactive, energetic musical show for children -- within minutes they will be clapping, dancing, having a great time. Take a look at www.paulhelou.com
$351- $500
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Epstein Kravis, Anna The Piggy Bank Show-- Saving Spending & Sharing (ENGLISH-SPANISH VERSION AVAILABLE) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The Money Show is a Song & Puppetry program that teaches young children about the value of money in a fun, age-appropriate way. Saving, spending smart and sharing are concepts presented using interactive songs, puppetry, stories and colorful , interactive props. Meet Anna's puppet friends, LuLu the Singing Llama, learn from Macdonald about how he got his farm, meet Bernardo the Banker as he explains what it means to save. This show was created for the Newark Library, presented in several branches, and is under written by the PNC Bank. Anna created a popular BILINGUAL English-Spanish version for this library.
$351- $500
Roethel, Glen Concert: One Hour of Folk Music History,
Music
Folk music grows from the roots of human experience, aspiration, and condition. The songs are often simple, topical, critical, hopeful, singable and memorable. They tell stories about us, and they aspire us to greater things. In this music-and-narrative presentation, contemporary folk radio-charting recording artist Glen Roethel delivers a light overview of works by time-honored folk legends such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, and more – with a tip-of-the-hat to traditional music and contemporary folk artists as well. [Songs for this performance may be drawn from the following original and cover songs, and more: Mr. Bojangles, There But For Fortune, Blowing In The Wind, I Must Go, Leaving on a Jet Plane, The Water Is Wide, This Land is Your Land, If I Had a Hammer, Carolina In My Mind, We Shall Overcome, Imagine, Both Sides Now, Puff the Magic Dragon, To Forgive]
$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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