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Performer
Program
Category
Description
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Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$351- $500
Papa, Jim Music That Defines Your Generation - Sinatra, Elvis and The Beatles Music
This show concentrates on three big acts that defined several generations. Sinatra popular with the WWII generation, Elvis who helped bring Rock and Roll to the masses and the Beatles who catapulted America into The British Invasion. Performed by Jim Papa. Jim has emerged as a confident, versatile and personable singer/entertainer who enjoys performing music selections from every generation. Taking the lead from the greatest performers from years gone by, his renditions of classic ballads, pop and rock and roll as well as his ability to perform within a variety of music genres have made him a popular, featured performer. This show is upbeat, fun, interactive and nostalgic.
$201- $350
Lester, Mary History of Ireland through Celtic Harp and Song History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
A time travel that enters Ireland before recorded history, when its rich legend and folklore began. With her harps and lilting voice, Mary uses the magic of Ireland's music to explore this country's history and tradition. Sample songs - The Harp that once through Tara's Halls, The Leprechaun, Brian Boru's March, Danny Boy. This program has been presented to Irish cultural groups, historical societies, and libraries. See Mary's web site, celticharpandsong.com, for more details.
$101- $200
Stuart, Rose The Circus is Coming to Town! Music
Raise the big top (parachute!), leap through hoops of (paper) fire, brave the high wire (ribbon on the ground), and join a circus parade in this crowd-pleasing playtime.
$101- $200
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
Romano, Nina This Train is Bound for Glory Music
What does Elvis, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, James Brown, Al Green, Ray Charles, and Smokey Robinson all have in common? That would be gospel music! The performance includes gospel songs from many decades of the black and white traditions. Illustrating how this vital form of American music has moved both believer and non believer and strongly influenced every generation of musicians. You'll hear well known favorites as well as songs and stories that have been forgotten! We have performed at more than 25 libraries and are happy to provide references.
$351- $500
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his fast wit. Jim performs over 250 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$501- $1000
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal in Song! History,
Music
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of "Clinton’s Ditch", all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. "Swan Library highly recommends Dave Ruch. Fun, informative and crowd pleasing....he is tops in his field" Michelle Watt, Children’s Librarian, Swan Library, Albion NY
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora 2016 Summer Reading Show Health & Fitness- Sports,
Literature- Other,
Music
Summer 2016 Reading Interactive Concert brings all your favorite sports and action books to life! Your patrons will be performing on stage with Lee in this fun filled show! Seven different songs will be performed and children sing, dance, act, and move the entire time!!! Choose from a long list of songs which include Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, Gabby Douglas, Kristy Yamaguchi and others!! Also fun original action songs like Where the Wild Things Are and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie for the young ones. Lee can do family shows so there is something for every age group!
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Native American Style Flute Playing and Mini-Concert History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
Introduction to the history of the Native American tradition of flute playing, basic elements of construction of the flute (Plains flute and Woodland flutes), the evolution of design of the instrument and the playing purposes. This is a hands-on class and plastic flutes may be available for those who do not own a flute at advance request of at least several weeks. A display of over thirty flutes representing several custom flute builders and a mini-concert of tunes may be included as a pre-workshop incentive for learning. Each session includes instruction on breath control, fingering technique, and playing scales familiar to the Native American style, building melodies using improvisation and learning how to read NAF tablature.
$101- $200
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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