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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” a magical tale read by Marian Grudko One day near Christmas time, an elderly tailor 
began to make a coat -- of cherry colored corded silk
-- for the Mayor of Gloucester. In the bitter cold, the tailor became ill, 
and unable to finish the coat. Yet it WAS finished. But by whom? This classic Christmas story is said to have been 
Beatrix Potter’s personal favorite. Marian’s reading has become a new holiday tradition!
$201- $350
Jones, Dean Exotic Instruments and Loopy Songs History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Dean will show and tell about scores of exotic instruments from around the world, including West African balafon, jaw harps from the Philippines and Vietnam, conch shells, bird calls, udu drums and much more. He will create spontaneously improvised loops (recordings that repeat which can be added on to), and perform some songs from around the world. Depending on the size of the audience, there will be participation, including singing and trying out the instruments. Dean has performed for many years as a one-man band with Arm of the Sea Theater, Hudson River Playback Theater and the Cave Dogs Shadow Troupe. He is also the leader of the band Dog on Fleas.
$201- $350
Brian Chevalier, Susan Hamlin & Character ROCKS - Character Education Disability Awareness,
Life Skills- Other,
Music
Character ROCKS with Brian and Susan's engaging, upbeat character ed program. Bring the magic of good character to your school with this participatory assembly program. Also ask about songwriting workshops for your core group -- creat a new song to perform at finale show.
$501- $1000
Gottfried, Evan Family Music for Kids of All Ages Music
During his interactive shows, Evan takes everyone on a musical journey, as he recounts his adventures with slugs, squids, and his trip to a land where everything is upside-down. Evan's songs inhabit both a unique universe of imagination and the beautiful world that we all share every day. He uses props (including home-made puppets) and asks open-ended questions between songs in order to get kids thinking, learning, and laughing. Evan also gets kids moving and grooving throughout the show, suggesting a variety of ways that everyone can act out the words of his songs. Evan aims to inspire everyone to be creative, have fun, learn cool things, and mostly, to just be themselves.
$201- $350
Helou, Paul Bears, Bees & Butterflies Music,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment
I use interactive songs -- original and traditional -- as well as musical/theatrical improvisation to really make this an interactive, fun and energetic experience! No one will be sitting just watching -- there will be moving, dancing, singing, spontaneous fun. You will need to rest after my show! I love to empower children to use their imagination and be part of the show.
$351- $500
Handy, Spook The Songs of Peter Paul and Mary History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
There's a great picture of the Beatles back stage at the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 staring in awe at Peter Paul and Mary. The Beatles knew they were in the company of incredible and important musicians. This trio did more to make American folk music accessible to the masses than anyone else. People all over the world sang along to "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Blowin in the Wind." And audience members can't help but sing along with Spook as he leads them through this heart-opening, educational, and voice-raising program! (Occasionally, Spook is joined by Paul Prestopino who toured with PPM for 15 years as a back up musician.) An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “GREEN TEAKETTLE” SONGS, TUNES & TALES OF IRELAND Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
This concert for children of all ages and their families features songs Cathy learned from family and tradition, as well as poems, stories, dancing games and jig tunes. Expect lots of participation: sing and dance like leprechauns, and exercise your imagination and your feet. An experienced folk music performer and founding member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Rochester NY branch (www.irishrochester.org),and member of Rochester Sister Cities’ Musical Delegation to Waterford, Ireland 2010, Cathy uses guitar, penny whistle, flute, bodhrán (Irish drum) and limberjacks to bring Irish music to life.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John The Sounds of Nature's Music on World Instruments from Many Cultures Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Nature, Music, and Instruments Around the World and Across Time! Through time, the sounds of nature have inspired wonderful musical, poetic, and artistic dreams all around the world. From rushing waterfalls, to gentle drops of rain and melting icicles… to birdsong and crickets... to diverse sounds of the four seasons, Bells & Motley are excited to bring young audiences on a musical journey using a gamut of evocative instruments including harp and medieval fiddles, exotic zithers from Turkey and China, and many other rare exotic historical instruments, for a good measure of total surprise. A beautiful introduction to the evocative powers of music for audiences of all ages.
$351- $500
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
Talavera, Alex Hieronymus Bogs Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Hieronymus Bogs is a one-man troupe whose artistic mission is to create and inspire. Bogs's imaginative approach to musical performance combines elements of poetry, theater, and the visual arts. Garbed in the attire of a traveling pilgrim (a metaphor for the creative journey), Bogs sings his original folk songs accompanied by his banjo, harmonica, bells and foot percussion. He interweaves his performances with short storytelling vignettes and recitations of William Blake, while incorporating simple props like a spool of red ribbon, or a bucket of river rocks to enhance the overall visual experience. His welcoming voice and emotive music are akin to artists like Woody Guthrie and George Harrison who often addressed themes overlooked by many entertainers. With songs like “The Infinite Possibilities of Universal Love” and “The Muse's Welcome,” Bogs's performances are thoughtful and engaging, encouraging viewers to realize the heights of their own creative potential.
$201- $350
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