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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Villa, Anna Maria ITALIAN JAZZ Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Other
ANNA MARIA VILLA IN CONCERT: ITALIAN JAZZ The Italian-born, singer and entertainer will be performing Italian Classics and Pop pieces performed in the style of jazz, sung in Italian and accompanied by extraordinary jazz musicians. Ms. Villa’s style of singing has been described as smooth, elegant, soothing and smoky. Her entertainment approach is sophisticated and fun. In addition to her music career, she is also an actress appearing on numerous TV shows and Film productions. Artist URL: www.AnnaMariaVillaOfficial.com
$1001- $3000
Richter, Chip Chip & The Munks Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chip & The Munks are a high energy, really fun, bluesy folk rock band for family audiences.With original songs and some popular covers (Beatles, James Taylor)they will have kids and parents dancing in the isles. Perfect for festivals, fundraising events, community celebrations.
$501- $1000
Morse, Andy DIG INTO READING WITH SONG Literature- Authors,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Andy's 2013 program Dig Into Reading with Song is an interactive musical journey using songs and story books at the same time. Many different stories will be sung while volunteers take turns turning the pages. Call and response songs, movement, rhyme and much more will be covered.
$501- $1000
Knight, Leonora Earth Day Show Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Pollution, Recycling, Global Warming, Rainforests set to music! Watch your patrons perform on stage with Lee as they sing, dance and act in this Interactive Earth Day show. Shows are age appropriate from "Little Red Hen" "Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" "Diary of a Worm", "The Rainforest Grew All Around", "The Lorax" and "Why Are The Ice Caps Melting"! Students will increase confidence levels and self-esteem by performing on stage and stimulate imaginative play using costumes, props and puppets. Some of these exciting and culturally diverse original songs include character building. CD's are sent in advance or mp3 files can be sent through e-mail.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” SUMMER READING PROGRAM Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of singing games and cherished songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members get tootled by a flute, act out multicultural singing games, sing a fun song about borrowing books from the library, play drums and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack toys. Everyone will clap, sing and dance in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for the SUMMER READING PROGRAM and ties into the theme of the year. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, penny whistle and children’s drums in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! ( Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
String Band, Homegrown Homegrown String Band Music
The Homegrown String Band, America's premier purveyors of original and neo-traditional high energy acoustic American roots music, presents a program of original music, as well as their own unique interpretations of traditional folk material. A 21st century incarnation of the traditional American family band, they present a program utilizing fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, doumbek, banjo ukulele, mountain dulcimer, and jaw harp. The Homegrown String Band takes their audiences on a rollicking ride through the sounds of American music, improvising and interacting like only a family can. Their musical program is interspersed with anecdotes and stories, focusing on the people and technologies that have helped shape the oral tradition of American folk music of which they are a part. Entertaining and educational for audiences of all ages, HGSB shows present library patrons with an entertaining and educational look at the history and roots of American folk music. The family has performed at over 300 libraries, as well as theaters and festivals, around the country since 1997.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “GREEN TEAKETTLE” SONGS, TUNES & TALES OF IRELAND Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
This concert for children of all ages and their families features songs Cathy learned from family and tradition, as well as poems, stories, dancing games and jig tunes. Expect lots of participation: sing and dance like leprechauns, and exercise your imagination and your feet. An experienced folk music performer and founding member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Rochester NY branch (www.irishrochester.org), a 2016 inductee into the CCE Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, and member of Rochester Sister Cities’ Musical Delegation to Waterford, Ireland 2010, Cathy uses guitar, penny whistle, flute, bodhrán (Irish drum) and limberjacks to bring Irish music to life.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “HALLOWEEN HOOT” rhymes, chants, singing games Literature- Other,
Music,
Other
Not your usual Halloween party, but a creative choice of interactive musical activities such as wooden limberjack puppets, an imitation story, traditional singing games that children act out and sing all together, traditional rhymes and chants based on the spooky things that autumn conjures up. Children may wear costumes or not, your choice. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, drum and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' - Dreamers & Doers, It Takes Both! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
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