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Didgeridoo, Down Under Music & More from the Land Down Under History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music & More from the Land Down Under takes the audience on a musical journey to Australia and beyond, as the performer plays an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments, mixed with colorful stories and humor. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. We play a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects. We also talk about the Aboriginal people and the native animals of the enchanting Land Down Under.
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo Greek Myths--Alive! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Classical Tales Brought to Life It’s always surprising to see these ancient stories engage even very young listeners. Then again, there’s nothing like a three-headed dog, a trip to the underworld or golden apples from Aphrodite to interest any listener of any age! Includes: Aesop’s Fables (“The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in first person); “Atalanta” (Raised by bears, this girl outran all.); Phaeton, driver of his father’s sun car; “Arachne," the tale of the world's first spider is told with songs and effects interwoven on guitar.” The audience-favorite part of this show is the enactment of the story of the seasons featuring Demeter, Persephone, Hades & Zeus--in mask, by audience volunteers. This program is all storytelling, adjusted for the age groups, really best for school age and up.
$351- $500
Bisker, Ellia Charming Disaster: Songs From Books Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Folk-noir duo Charming Disaster presents original songs inspired by Ancient Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology, Grimm's fairy tales, the fables of Aesop and La Fontaine, and works of literature including Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, Flannery O'Connor's short stories, the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Tintin comics, and more. If desired, the musical performance can also incorporate readings excerpted from the works of literature referenced in the songs. Instrumentation is guitar and ukulele with male/female duet vocals and optional foot percussion.
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry Tales & Tunes along the Towpath History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Climb aboard a packet boat and back in time with Merry Mischief's Tales & Tunes along the Towpath! Merry Mischief is an costumed acoustic duo(Merlyn & Harry) who come dressed as Canal Travelers and entertain your audience with music and historical facts from the Erie Canal. Music from the time of the Erie Canal and American folk music with it's wild and wooly history, along with poetry (and of course, a few fun jokes :) makes this a great community and/or reading program! A fun way to make History come ALIVE! Program suitable for the young to the seasoned adult.
$201- $350
Litera, Ina Eight Strings & a Whistle Music
Since our founding in 1998, Eight Strings & a Whistle has established itself as an innovative and exciting ensemble, with each of us drawing on our individual artistry to create our unique collective voice. We perform rare treasures of the Baroque, Classical and 20th and 21st century originally composed for flute, viola and cello, as well as commissioned works. We are committed to presenting both traditional and contemporary original works and pride ourselves on the success of our diverse programming. We discuss the pieces we are performing from the stage in an audience-friendly manner. These “live program notes” put older works in historic context and give insight into the contemporary works and premieres. We are able to engage our audiences and provide them with an enriched experience. Eight Strings & a Whistle welcomes the opportunity to perform for your community, school, or concert series.
$501- $1000
Stock, Judy Reading, Rhythm & Rhyme Literature- Other,
Judy Stock has been performing for children for over 25 years. She has experience performing for families and for all ages along with years of experience teaching and working with preschoolers. Judy combines her musical talents and love of reading in this program which encourages children to use their imagination and explore the world of books. Using poetry, tongue twisters, songs, short stories and instruments, Judy leads her audience through an exciting program where they are active participants in discovering the joy of reading. Judy performs using the banjo, guitar, pennywhistle, jaw harp, nose whistle, spoons and more! Judy writes and performs songs to go with the theme of each summer reading program. Please visit her web site for references and more information.
$201- $350
Salguero, Andres 123 Andrés Multicultural- Other,
¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! is an interactive children’s program that teaches Spanish language and Latin American culture. Children sing, shake, and sound out rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words – an excellent enrichment opportunity for libraries, schools, and summer programs. Our little participants will dance to La Bamba, discover the colors in Spanish, and meet friends of all kinds, including an iguana named Juana!
$1001- $3000
Schuman, Sandy Song of the Century History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of the best known songs were written by the least known songwriters. Let's give credit where its due by learning about these songs and the people who wrote them.
$101- $200
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
Tranchina, Gabriele Songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin Music
This program brings some of Cole Porters and George Gershwin’s famous songs back to life with a twist of jazz. We will talk about both composers’ life. Enjoy standards like “Summertime”, I’ve got you under my skin, Our love is here to stay, Just one of those things and many more.
$201- $350
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