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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Boertzel, Brooke The Storyteller's Candle Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
In 1929, a warm and dynamic woman named Pura Belpré became the first Latina librarian in New York City. At a time when non-English speakers didn’t always feel welcome in the library, Pura helped many immigrants to feel at home there, and inspired a love of reading in generations of young people. In The Storyteller’s Candle, a skilled bilingual storyteller plays Pura, greeting audiences in their own school or public library, and showing them the wonders that can take place there. Through a blend of storytelling, music and puppetry, young audiences will learn about Puerto Rican folklore and the library’s important role in the community. Kids sing along and become puppeteers as Pura’s stories unfold. Based on the bilingual book, The Storyteller’s Candle By Lucia González with illustrations by Lulu Delacre.
$101- $200
Roethel, Glen What's a HOUSE CONCERT? Music,
Performing Arts- Other
What's all the buzz about HOUSE CONCERTS? If your curiosity is peaked but you don't know where to begin, join us tonight for our own HOUSE CONCERT in the comfort of our library, featuring the sweet voice and acoustic guitar of singer-songwriter, Glen Roethel. Glen just released his second CD, Smaller Things, so this will be a CD release house concert! Glen's songs have a positive message, and his musicianship has gained him prestigious teaching positions at Summersongs and Wintersongs (summersongs.com, songwriting and performance camps for adults) and at the SoundConnections annual music conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2009, Glen was selected over more than 150 big-name applicants as guitarist for the Harmonizing With Humanity house band to perform a two-day music festival a Hohokam Stadium in Arizona to raise awareness and funds for Autism research. Tonight, Glen will play two 30-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission for refreshments. Then, if you have questions, ask Glen how you can host concerts in your home with some of your favorite touring artists! SOLO, DUO, TRIO. GLEN CAN MC FOR OTHER PERFORMERS SELECTED BY GLEN OR LIBRARY, OR HE CAN BOOK ARTISTS FOR YOUR REPEATING LIBRARY HOUSE CONCERT SERIES.
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion in early 2014
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia Monsters, Aliens and Stinky Ice-cream: A Halloween Special! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Come in costume and hear tales of pirates and pumpkins...BIG Pumpkins! that will make you scream “DRAT!” Join us and feel yourself flying in hoola hoop airplane or defeating the Baseball Team from Outer Spaaaace! Sillly, spooky, sweet fun...
$201- $350
Bottino, Steve Zucchini Brothers 100% Healthy - 100% Fun!!! Music Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
A musical trio-Steve (keyboards), Jack (guitar) and Sam (drums), all of whom sing. The concert is a dynamic, interactive show with a focus on such topics as health, safety, self-esteem and the environment-all presented in various musical styles with lots of humor. Great for adults as well!
$501- $1000
McKnight, Andrew Library Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Andrew's solo performances are a bit like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. He delivers his masterfully crafted cinematic vignettes of rural Americans and their struggles in memorable melodies and compelling twists of phrase. With his epic Civil War ballad 'The Road to Appomattox', the uplifting messages of 'Good Things Matter' (Great American Song Contest Winner), and his haunting anti-mountaintop mining song 'Made by Hand', audiences are spellbound from the first to the final note.
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo Everybody Says Hello Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This multilingual program is lively and entertaining, with stories sung, told in English with other languages, too—even drawn by audience children with big, colorful markers on a big poster you can keep. The program was nominated for a Mass. Cultural Council Gold Star Program Award. For starters, audience members share "hello" in languages they know. National Award-winning Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack leads the fun--Learn and sing a song in Japanese and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in Spanish. “Plant” cabbages the French way—with your nose, my leetle cabbage, mon petit chou, in a funny movement game/song that always makes you crack up! There's a wonderful tale of Paco's Wild Villa, told with bits of Spanish and drawn by children. We round it out with a charming dress-up story from Vietnam in feathers. Request Italian, too!
$351- $500
Heckstall, Amina Olushola Welcome To Our Village! Music,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Theater
"Welcome To Our Village", is an indepth look at a day in the life of a traditional village in West Africa/ Guinea. It begins from the sunrise to the sunset and incorporates mask dancers, stiltwalkers, animal costumes, exceptional children performers, professional dancers and drummers, a storyteller, and griot musicians. The purpose of this presentation is to open up the eyes of all ages to the wonderful, beauty that the culture, people, and heritage of Africa is and to erase the steretypical thoughts many have of life in African villages.
$1001- $3000
Tranchina, Gabriele Winter/Holiday Songs Music
Enjoy the holiday season with some favorite jazzy holiday tunes like Mel Torme’s “Christmas song”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Let it snow” and The Spanish hit “Feliz Navidad”, Oscar/Hammerstein’s “My favorite things”, Irvin Berlin’s “I've got my love to keep me warm and Cole Porter’s: “You’d be so nice to come home to”. We will talk about how jazz musicians and composers influence the holiday season by developing their own way of expressing this time of the year.
$201- $350
Winter, Cathy Earth Tunes Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A program for Earth Day - or any other day you want to focus on environmental themes
$201- $350
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