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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Wilkins, Kathy Genesee River, Kodak, Rochester, UofR, Native American Songs History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
Historical songs about the region of the Genesse River-- the River itself, Rochester, U of R, Kodak, and Native Americans. Also available: information about the composers of the songs.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - JOHNNY THE K Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Audiences across the country are going wild for award-winning singer/songwriter Johnny the K’s fun-filled, interactive, thoroughly captivating performances, including CITIZENS OF THE WORLD; I CAN, I AM, AND I WILL; TURN THE WORLD AROUND; YOU CAN SAY NO and A FAMILY NIGHT TO REMEMBER.
$1001- $3000
Cavanaugh, Deb Be Creative: Create a Song! (For the 2009 Summer Reading Program) Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
After warming up our voices and creative juices with rhyming songs such as Down By the Bay and others, we will work collaboratively to create our own song.
$201- $350
Papa, Jim Music Video Magic - Top Hits of the 50's -80's Performed in front of Dynamic and Unique Videos Music
This show features Jim Papa singing to the backdrop of videos that tell the story of the song. Call him a throwback, a natural talent with a voice that transcends time and brings back memories of places and passion of years gone by. His love of music is apparent in every word he sings and his powerful yet elegant performances create an atmosphere that is unsurpassed and only experienced when listening to a truly great talent. Jim Papa has emerged as a confident, versatile and personable singer/entertainer who enjoys performing music selections from every generation. Taking the lead from the greatest performers from years gone by, his renditions of classic ballads, pop and rock and roll as well as his ability to perform within a variety of music genres have made him a popular, featured performer. Nostalgic and fun.
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave One World, Many Stories Multicultural- Other,
Music
Created for the 2011 NYS Library Summer Reading Program! With guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, traditional Native American cowhorn rattles and more, Dave Ruch leads the audience on a fun-filled musical journey across the world. Children become active participants in the program as they sing along (in English, Nigerian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Iroquois!), answer questions, play musical games and act out songs. Some audience members will even be invited on stage to play the Iroquois rattles, and (for groups of 100 or less) all will have a chance to touch and play one of the instruments after the concert. Topics covered include the unique ways in which people around the world live (past and present), and perhaps most importantly, the many similarities that we all share. Dave also talks about his own eye-opening trip to India in 1992. 45 minutes long, adaptable for all ages Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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
Sieling, Tom Take a Tromp Through the Swamp! A top 10 lineup of the world's most fun, most participatory kids' songs Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
After 20 years of programs, here are the 10 most fun, participatory (even a bit athletic!) kids' songs Tom’s been able to find - all in one program! In keeping with the “Libraries Rock!” theme, he includes lots of encouragement of the kids’ lifelong participation in music, reading, and library usage. He performed 52 programs during the Summer Reading season of 2017, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and a drum machine to keep things nice and upbeat. He’s added beautiful slides and cool facts about area animals (visuals… like a real rock show!). Tom can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 125 miles or for 3 or more booked together) - please see below. Dozens of references available. ¬ ‘Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!’ - Nicole Carner, Former Library Director, Pember Library, Granville, NY. ‘Tom was amazing!! We all enjoyed his performance. I would love it if he could visit our school again next year. He ROCKS!’ Kristina Kiely, Principal, E. C. Stevens Elementary, Wallingford, CT
$201- $350
Ellison, Emily STOMP the MUSIC! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
STOMP! THE MUSIC ($450.00 per program) All materials included, 2 Hour program, kids take home instruments. Ages 8 - 12 with/without caregivers. Based on the long running Off Broadway STOMP phenom, Children will build a percussion ensemble from found and used everyday objects compose and perform original pieces. Participants will study percussion from around the world gather, design, adapt and build various original percussion instruments to create rhythms and compose orchestrations involving the use of percussion instruments. They will explore the following elements of music and dance: rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, timbre, genre, feeling, choreography, form, function, space, dynamics, tempo, improvisation and learn traditional orchestral practices, notation, and jargon.
$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
Guerrero, Richie World Beat Rhythm Ensemble Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Me and my following of hand drum students set the rhythms for everyone to join in and make some dynamic ensemble rhythms from West Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean! A brief history on each rhythm will be given as well as all the drum, shaker and bell parts to be played. Drums and percussion will be available for those who need them. No experience necessary. All ages welcome.
$201- $350
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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