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Collins, Dawn Christmas & Holidays Around the World Multicultural- Other,
This program introduces songs and tunes from around the world to celebrate the holidays, Christmas and the New Year on a variety of folk and ethnic instruments, including acoustic guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, shruti, Native American style flute, ukelele, banjitar, hand held percussion, harmonica, Information may be shared about the history of unique instruments and/or the ethnic background of where it originates from. Audience participation is encouraged.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Timeless Tunes, Timeless Tales, and Musical Secrets of Long Ago and Far Away Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Discover the stories and secrets behind some of the most rare, mysterious, and magical musical instruments of history. How were they invented? How do they work? Hear the tales that are told about the person who was said to be the first player of the bagpipes in ancient Rome. Discover the secret behind stories that claim that fiddles actually have magical powers. What is the tallest stringed instruments ever invented? Are there actually wind instruments that you don't blow into? Can a harp ever play itself? What happens when you touch it? Children will be invited to try the harp and find out for themselves! Bells & Motley have discovered that young children (as well as adults) are enthralled by the unusual sounds and stories behind their unique collection of historic instruments, including rommelpot, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, harp, hand-made fiddles, and tromba marina. Audiences are especially excited to hear that the Bromkas, in addition to being musicians, historians, and veteran storytellers, are also expert instrument builders. An unforgettable interactive enrichment experience.
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna Spooky Tunes For Halloween Song & Puppetry Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Halloween songs and stories designed to delight and not frighten little ones, while thoroughly entertaining older children. A Halloween favorite at libraries for years, this program includes synthesizer keyboard, puppets, lots of participation-- including all the ingredients to make a wonderful Spooky Stew! Children may be invited to come in costume! Great Halloween fun for ages 3-8!
$351- $500
Messano, Bob Songs for the People: A Red, White, and Blues Tribute Music
America's musical traditions are rooted deep in the lives of its people. Songs give voice to their struggles and power to their stories. Master guitarist and songwriter, Bob Messano, reveals his influences through renditions of classic American tunes and presentation of original compositions. Hear history come alive through the works of Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy Bob Messano’s insightful words and music as he links past to present in a concert blending vintage guitars, wailing harmonicas, and lyrics that address contemporary issues. Take part in a community event where music "for the people" is made "by the people".
$501- $1000
Cohen, Dan Bananappeal Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Danna Banana solo.50 minutes of original music, storytelling and games guaranteed to have everyone on their feet. (appropriate for ages 3-9)
$201- $350
Smith, Lester & Barbara Presley and Melody's Interactive Concerts Music
Presley and Melody capture the hearts of children and families through their interactive, upbeat and dynamic musical performance. Their music, the instantaneous audience connection, and the creative use of Visual Props and a Musical Story Drop Screen transform “Spectators” to “Participators” - an engaging concert experience for all ages to enjoy. During their concert "Reading" is promoted by on-screen pop-up lyrics synchronized to their creative, original music.
$351- $500
Clive, Young, THAT’S A SMASH: GREAT PRODUCERS OF THE ’60s AND ’70s. History,
Here’s a fun, fast-paced, multimedia program profiling four of the most important record producers ever: George Martin (The Beatles); Phil Ramone (Billy Joel); Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys); and Phil Spector (the Wall of Sound). Sharing rare audio, video clips, exciting Powerpoint and in-the-studio anecdotes about classic Baby Boomer songs, this program explores how creative producers made brilliant choices that influenced important artists, their incredible albums and the musical tastes of an entire generation. 80 minutes.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
Arnold, Speedy Sing-alongs and Stories with Speedy Arnold Music,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Speedy has been playing music for North Country audiences for more than 30 years either solo or with the Bluegrass groups Mardi Gras, the Wolverine Brothers and Three Doug Knight. Performances involve playing guitar and singing fun songs to kids of all ages. Being a well rounded artist, he also has several sketchbooks filled with his original ink drawings of local scenes that he can bring with him to the venues for discussion before,during or after perfomances. In addition to his music, Speedy will also have signed copies of the children's books that he illustrated: The Little Brook in the Field, a frog story, and The Adventures of Molly the Monarch Butterfly. In addition, Speedy will discuss his newest book: What's an Elephant Doing in the AuSable River?(This book won the 2012 People's Choice Award at the Adirondack Center for Writing in Blue Mountain Lake.) His preference is to play acoustically(no sound reinforcement),so smaller groups work out real good; however,if a sound system(with 2 mics) is available and needed for a larger group,he can adapt. Speedy's favorite age groups are preschool to about 5th grade, and he generally will play from 45 minutes to 1 hr.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Songs of the Great Depression and Today History,
Performing Arts- Other
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. Songs about the Dust Bowl, the Great Migration, bread lines and soup kitchens, the New Deal and times of triumph and struggle circulated throughout labor camps, churches and family gatherings. These songs depicted down-to-earth everyday realities of the American laborer and farmer, the hungry and the industrious, centuries old traditions and the transition to a new modern society. It can be surprising how many of these old songs speak of challenges we face today and how new songs written about today's America can so resemble the songs of the Great Depression. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
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