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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
McGrath, Cathy “POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON” INTERACTIVE RHYMES, SONGS, GAMES Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Music
This is a delightful collection of the most treasured nursery rhymes, imitation songs, finger plays, action songs and musical games for the younger visitors to the library and their families. Cathy rekindles the joy of traditional musical activities that enhance learning: singing, dancing, reciting, moving in circles, playing active games, smiling, and cooperating with each other. The dancing limberjack toys are always featured for simple and captivating fun. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. “This program is perfect for preschoolers!” said Robin Benoit of Fairport Public Library. (An additional version has been created as a family concert for audiences of all ages).
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - RETUMBA! Journey to the Caribbean Multicultural- Other,
Music,
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
Shimeta, Kathleen America: Poets, Patriotism, Politics and Life in Song Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
America: Poets, Patriotism, Politics and Life What better way to celebrate our nation’s creativity than with an art song recital showcasing the talents of our composers and poets. Opening with Edward MacDowell’s beautiful “To a Wild Rose” the recital will features Aaron Copland’s commentary on politics and Gena Branscombe’s haunting World War I song, “Dear Lad O’Mine. Langston Hughes, one of our country’s great poets, collaborated with immigrant composer Jean Berger. Composer and poet never met in person yet via telephone they created a moving song cycle. Emily Dickinson’s poignant words are set to music by Aaron Copland and Martin Hennessy. The performers present four songs that sum up our life from childhood to becoming an adult. Concluding the program Leonard Bernstein’s “Take Care of this House” from his musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue leads to two tributes to our country as world leader and the beauty of our land.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou Make a Good Choice! Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through original songs, stories and audience interaction, this Parents Choice Award winner takes his audience on an exciting journey back through his childhood sharing the daily joys, dreams and blunders that today’s kids can relate to, laugh at, and understand. Children will get the chance to decide what kinds of choices they would make if they were in Lou’s shoes and how those choices reflect on their own lives. The entire assembly is strung together with a cool rap tune that tells students to “Make a Good Choice!”… and what's more, this unique program can touch upon any Character Ed themes that your school or community want to stress and will work them in to the program!
$201- $350
McIntosh, Ira Take It Outside! - Perfect for SRP 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
“Take it Outside!” is an adventure packed with possibilities! We’ll sing about fishing and frolicking; romping and rollicking; exploring and sailing and swimming and more! Ira McIntosh helps to get kids excited about reading with his lively, fun, participatory programs. He uses stories and songs to illustrate the importance of health and wellness -- not just for us, but also for our communities and surroundings, connecting our fitness with the quality of the food and water that we enjoy.
$201- $350
Perlman, Laarni Sights and Sounds of the Philippines Music
Karaoke - Have fun learning American and Filipino classic songs while viewing sights of the Philippines. Included will be an introduction to the culture and travel to the Philippines.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Russo, Lisa Music & Movement with Miss Lisa Life Skills- Parenting,
Music
Very interactive and entertaining music & movement program strongly based on all aspects of child development, from brain development to social-emotional. Multi-sensory & multi-learning style approach includes hands-on instruments and scarves &/or ribbons for children to use, rhythm games, chants, sing-alongs & dances that can be planned to fit your library's current theme. Emphasis on emergent literacy and other skills & concepts needed for school & life. Foundational statements incorporated throughout for parents to learn how activities benefit their child's development, and how parents can incorporate them into daily routine. Accoustic guitar is primary instrument, with modeling of rhythm instruments and occasional recorded sound effects to enhance the aural & visual experience.
$101- $200
Bertles, John Bash the Trash Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Bash the Trash is all about science, music and the environment - for over 20 years we’ve been building, performing and educating using instruments made from recycled and reused materials. Our scientist/musicians have invented an entire orchestra of strange instruments, and teach about sustainability and the 3 R’s (Reduce Reuse Recycle). Science can transform even the strangest resources into cool stuff! This program is flexible and can be done in a solo, duo or trio size depending on your projected audience size and budget. We can present for very young audiences (3-6 yrs), school age audiences or family audiences. Optional hands-on instrument-building and parade/jam session available. Excellent connections to summer reading, environmental programs, music and science book programs, as well as occasions such as Earth Day, National Recycling Day, Arbor Day, World Water Day, etc.
$351- $500
Singer, Lauren DANCE FOR THE NON DANCER Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Dancing has come back full circle from the big band era when everyone went out to have a good time and dance! The reasons are clear--dance has always helped people connect with each other, have fun and get a great workout--in every culture! In this basic, exciting, no-partner dance class, you'll no longer say you have two left feet as you gain simple moves and styling, learn how to distinguish different rhythms and feel freer with your body. You'll finally have fun dancing as you totally boogie to a wide range of music from cha cha, swing, rumba and tango to folk and pop. Come on out, meet new people and have a fun time as you burn off calories! No experience necessary.
$101- $200
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