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Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley The Great American Songbook - Music of the great American song writers History,
Performing Arts- Other
Live performance of concert vocalist, keyboardist, and percussionist highlighting the music of great American composers such as Berlin, Gershwin, Rogers, Hart, Porter, Kahn, Mercer and others. Includes stories about the music and the composers.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - RETUMBA! Journey to the Caribbean Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
The all-women Afro-Carribean troupe, made up of singers, dancers and instrumentalists, presents a high-energy uplifting performance that is sure to leave your audience breathless! Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, and a whole lot of fun, Retumba! emphasizes the particular strengths and sensitivities of diverse women working together in celebration, demonstrating the similarities and links of our shared cultures. An unforgettable performance for all ages.
$1001- $3000
Howard-Ray, Celeste Celtic Concerts for all Seasons with the Celeste Ray Trio Music
Celtic Concerts for all Seasons with Celeste Ray Trio Featuring traditional Celtic instruments: bowed psaltery, harmonium, flute and guitar. Celtic Harp is available upon request. The music of the Celts instantly transports the audience to the ancient and mysterious Lands of the Celts. Modern instrumentation enhances the arrangements, making for an accessible truly enjoyable and unique performance. Original compositions by the performers features the 25-stringed Bowed Psaltery are followed by lilting and recognizable folk pieces. A highlight of the entertainment consists of the stories and history of the instruments and the composers. Their lore is enthusiastically conveyed by founding member, Celeste Ray, noted for her ability to inspire her audiences in the musical Celtic Tradition of celebration and singing.
$501- $1000
Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
Levin, Yosi Yosi in Concert! Music,
Award-winning children's recording artist, & performer, Yosi, with a string of Sirius/XM radio HITS performs at concert stages throughout the Northeast and beyond. From schools and library events to festivals, Yosi's shows are whimsical and imaginative, featuring an enthusiasm that is both magical and infectious. Yosi's multi-award-winning CDs and his music can be heard nationally on WXPN - Kids Corner, and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
$501- $1000
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Comedy/Variety Shows Music,
Performing Arts- Clowning
A Barrel of Fun comedy/variety shows may include music, magic, ventriloquism,juggling and lots of audience participation. We have performed over 10,000 shows at a wide variety of venues. We have performed programs in over 250 libraries, including almost 150 libraries in NY State. We have well over 500 repeat library programs to our credit. Our programs are appropriate for preschool through elementary children and families.For the 2014 Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading theme, we are suggesting: Professor Klutzo's Did You Know Show (Comedy/Variety) and Catfish Charlie's The Science of Fishing (Comedy/Music). Comedy shows available are: Professor Klutzo (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic, ventriloquism and juggling. Pete The Pirate (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic and ventriloquism. Bongo Joe (World-wide percussion,stringed instruments and ventriloquism with soft puppet characters.) Catfish Charlie (Comedy/Variety) Camp songs with audience participation, comedy and ventriloquism. Rattlesnake Red (Cowboy character/musical variety) Comedy and ventriloquism. Side Saddle Sue (Cowgirl character/musical variety) Puppet Shows-See our listing under Puppet Shows. Fuzzy The Clown (clown variety) Hanna Banana (clown variety) See website for specific descriptions and photos. Many shows are theme-adaptable.
$201- $350
Kahn, Mitch Sail Away - Songs of the Seven Seas History,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook with “Sail Away”, a nautical voyage through the eyes of vintage songwriters Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Noel Coward, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Bart Howard, Jimmy Van Heusen, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Kurt Weill and the Gershwins (among others), as well as contemporary notables Ian Hunter, Peter Allen and Dennis Deyoung (of the rock band Styx). Song titles include well known standards “On a Slow Boat to China”, Beyond the Sea”, “Come Fly With Me” and “Skylark”, plus lesser known titles such as “I Go to Rio”, “Ships”, (recorded by Barry Manilow) and title song “Sail Away” (written by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Smith-Carrigan, Michelle The Legend of Sleepy Hollow History,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Ever a crowd pleaser, this show is a thrilling comic rendition of Washington Irving’s #1 haunting tale. Focusing on themes of bullies, jealousy and superstition this show features hand crafted marionettes, 2 life sized puppets, special lighting and smoke effects, and both classical and traditional folk music. Join The Puppet People in this masterful Marionette production, but be careful.... not to lose your head!!! "We came all the way from Canada to see this show and we weren't disappointed" Brewery Ommagang Puppets & Waffles Festival goer
$501- $1000
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit performed by Marian Grudko and
accompanied by Marian’s original music “...but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden. Your father had 
an accident there; he was put in a pie, by Mrs. McGregor.” Potter’s beloved story and Marian’s fresh new music create 
a magic that is as lovely as it is wry.
$201- $350
!, briz FREEDOM'S CRY-(A House Divided) National Tour History,
Multicultural- Other,
Once again briz takes us on a historical, musical journey with the second part of his Freedom saga.The first Freedom Stairway, speaks of the attrocities of slavery and the attempts to seek emancipation via the underground railroad. Now, Freedom's Cry deals with the horrors of the Civil War. Songs like, Dear Mr. Lincoln and The Ghosts of Gettysburg, movingly tell the stories of the soldiers who fought the most bloody war in our nation's history, and just like Stairway,Freedom's Cry will move you visually with the addition of the beautiful power point black and white slides from the Library of Congress. The Freedom shows are age appropriate for the entire family with plenty of audience participation. The third and final part of the Freedom saga titled Freedom's Glory which deals with the Civil Rights Movement is also now complete and available as well .
$201- $350
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