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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Boertzel, Brooke Literature, Arts, Family! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Make illustrations leap off the page! Write original songs based on a favorite book! Imagine and explore the world of your favorite literary characters! These fun-filled, 90-minute workshops bring families together to make drama, music and art all based on books. After a group Read Aloud of a selected book, participants will work with highly trained teaching artists to explore the themes in that book through theater, music and creative movement activities.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' - Dreamers & Doers, It Takes Both! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy Shivers N' Shudders for Halloween Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Spell-binding tales and songs of the supernatural ranging from the spine-tingling to the rib-tickling, from various cultures and countries around the world. These are accompanied with spirit flute, guitar, conga drum, and a skeleton limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm dancing on a paddleboard). Perfect for Halloween! Different versions can be tailored for different age groups. Tim is a triple treat! He can sing, play a variety of instruments,and tell whopping good tales! – Jane Yolen, renowned Author & Storyteller
$351- $500
Del Bianco, Lou Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A graceful balance of humor and heart- LA TIMES “Around the World” is an exciting 45 minute multicultural program that combines storytelling, theater, and music. Lou invites children onstage to help him act out stories that reflect the African, South and North American, Asian and European cultures. Each story contains a valuable lesson that can teach us all something about ourselves. Children will discover that we all have a song to sing or a story to tell no matter where we come from …Around the World!
$201- $350
Kelly, Rorie “Light a Candle” Creativity-Sparking Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Visual Arts- Other
The “Light a Candle” workshop aims to spark creativity, helping participants find and use their own voices. As a group, we choose a theme or idea that we would like to shine a light on with our work. Creative prompts and brainstorming get our juices flowing, and we’ll work individually on our own creations. This might include art, writing, or musical expression. Afterwards, will each get a chance to share our work and discuss what we’ve learned. The act of raising our voices honestly can become a powerful source of positive change and connection. The “Light a Candle” workshop puts participants in touch with their own voices, helping them learn to express themselves powerfully.
$201- $350
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Ellison, Emily Good Old Fashioned Music Hootenanny Music,
Music,
Music
Good Old Fashioned Music Hootenanny! Come along and Sing Along, click your heels and bang a drum, strum a washboard and spin around! Music Lady Extraorinaire Emily Ellison leads this all ages family music sing and dance along. Everyone plays drums and rattles, tambourines, etc. etc. and sings old time favorites from America and Beyond! "This Little Light of Mine" "This Land is Your Land" "Shell be Coming Round the Mountain, "Take me Out to the BallGame" "Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands" "Put a Little Love in your Heart" "I Love Me"...
$351- $500
Person, Eric The songs you know and love Music
For over thirty years, Eric Person has been committed to composing, recording and performing contemporary American music. He plays the alto and soprano saxophones and flute and is featured as a leader and sideman on more than 50 recordings. His broad range of experience performing and recording with the likes of Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks, Houston Person, and Donald Byrd and many others have all contributed greatly to his personal alto and soprano sound and his skills as an arranger and composer. Russ Musto of the New York Jazz Record stated "Person is more then fine; he's a major talent of his generation." http://www.ericperson.com
$201- $350
Glazer, Mel THE FRANK SINATRA YOU NEVER KNEW Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A one-of a kind, laugh and learn presentation, interactive with the audience, originated, directed and performed by raconteur Mel Glazer. All stories within the presentation are true and focus on the role model aspects of Frank Sinatra personally & professionally and how they affected each of us individually, as a country, and the world. Mel Glazer is a state sponsored speaker on behalf of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities on Frank Sinatra, a co-writer of songs recorded by Elvis Presley,title song for his movie SPEEDWAY, Etta James GUESS AGAIN, and Robert Plant, among others.His song,YOUR MA SAID YOU CRIED IN YOUR SLEEP LAST NIGHT, is googled, as number six, under The Ten Best Songs of Robert Plant. His Hall of Fame co-writers include Carole King, Sammy Fain, and Aaron Schroeder. The show has everything a Sinatra audience is interested in learning and laughing about. A memorable experience awaits all attending, with a unique storyteller who uses music, trivia,Q&A,and comedy,in interacting with the audience,resulting in a program that remains joyously alive from beginning to its very end. IT IS AN HOUR, or more if you wish,of ENTERTAINMENT FOR A SINATRA AUDIENCE AT IT'S BEST!
$351- $500
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
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