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Performer
Program
Category
Description
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Maichack, Mary Jo Sun, Moon, Stars, Shine! Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales, tunes and dress-up audience fun: MJ leads the audience in songs familiar and new about the cosmos, tells dynamic tales with lots of audience participation: Raven Steals the Light, The Face on the Moon, an Australian tale of a Sky Giant, more. Best fun: Audience dress-up in feathers enact a beautiful tale from Viet Nam, Why Rooster Crows. This always hushes the audience in a cloud of charm as they see some kids role play in gorgeous sun and jade emperor costumes.
$351- $500
Smith, Lester 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
Linthwaite, Dara Songs and Rhymes for Baby's Day Life Skills- Parenting,
Music
Miss Dara keeps toddlers bouncing while introducing them to rhythm and language. This is often a child's first experience with live musical performance. From the security of a caregiver's lap, children will enjoy musical wiggles, tickles and fingerplays with Miss Dara and her guitar. Dara uses her experience as a preschool and special needs teacher to help young children learn about behaving in a group setting, while having fun with seasonal and academic topics throughout the year. Schedule as many sessions as you like: topics are always different!
$201- $350
String Band, Homegrown An Unbroken Circle: Traditional Music in Popular Culture Music
The Homegrown String Band performs original acoustic arrangements of the traditional music that has become part of the popular roots and folk rock canon. Many popular rock bands were founded by avid listeners and students of traditional music. People like Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan were well versed in American blues and bluegrass as well as the folk traditions of the British Isles. Likewise The Homegrown String Band has drunk deeply from the well of blues, ballads, and breakdowns that have helped to shape the sounds of American popular music. In this program the band will be sharing their original interpretations of some of the traditional and early commercial recordings that have been covered by popular roots rockers from the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan to Nirvana and Beck.
$501- $1000
Connolly, Carol Harvest Hijinks Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Harvest Hijinks Full of contagious energy, multi-award winning storytellers, Tales ‘n Tunes and their entourage of dancing scarecrows, stomping pumpkins and singing crows make for some hilarious hijinks in the cornfield and the garden patch. The duo sizzles on stage with traditional folklore gone fun and revved-up music and storytelling! Audiences don’t just listen -- they sing, clap, chant and roar! Fall fun at its’ finest.
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave Songs of New York State History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! "A great hit with the children and adults" Ruth Cook, Children’s Services, New Hartford Public Library, New Hartford NY
$351- $500
Sprout, Jonathan The Dr. Music Confidence Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
“THE DR. MUSIC CONFIDENCE CONCERT” A fast paced, interactive, participatory concert where GRAMMY Nominee Jonathan Sprout performs songs from his award-winning albums: Dr. Music and On The Radio as well as a song each from American Heroes, More American Heroes and American Heroes #3 CD. Messages focus on self-esteem. Humor and spontaneity abound ... an excellent spark to foster school spirit. “Among the hundreds of children’s performances I have seen and presented, Jonathan Sprout’s was the most engaging, fun-filled and informative!” Peter Lesnik, Director Norris Theater, Palos Verdes, CA REFERENCES: 1) Bardonia Elementary School, Bardonia, NY Alba D’Ambrosio, Cultural Arts, 845-624-4327 2) Libery Elementary School, Valley Cottage, NY Holly Corey, PTA, 845-304-9612 3) Strawtown Elementary School, West Nyack, NY Chel Bernstein, PTA, 845-639-1973
$501- $1000
Sprout, Jonathan American Heroes Four Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Concert includes songs from Jonathan Sprout's GRAMMY nominated, 11-time award winning American Heroes #3 CD are about Wilma Rudolph, John Muir, Elizabeth Blackwell, Thomas Jefferson and Milton Hershey, as well as Good For Me, a rousing salute to teachers who are heroes.
$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
Geiger, Donna Orchestra Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Classical music performed by a full symphony orchestra, or we will have a small chamber group perform if it is not feasible for the entire orchestra.
$201- $350
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