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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Wassail' Renaissance Christmas Pageant & Music Revels Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
'Sing, Say, and Play!' in this participatory Christmas music and pageant performance that toasts the old year and welcomes in the new. Set in the Magical Days of Yore, it is fanciful weaving of historic music, traditions, and surprises. 'Wassail' comes from the Old English greeting Wes hael, meaning 'Be thou hail!' and wassailers even today go about England carolling friends & neighbors in this traditional musical well-wishing. To highlight the event, the audience takes on roles in a traditional mummers’ play - a lighthearted spectacle of singing, costumes and laughter. Mummers' plays are still performed in rural England as improvisatory theater in streets, homes, and community gatherings, and feature a host of characters who symbolically assist the sun in its turning through the shortest days of the year. The culminating event of the play is the grand Wassail Bowl, around which all gather to wish a fine Yuletide Season! Come One and All, Young and Old, Shy and Bold, and let thy fancies run free (and be sure to bring your cameras!)
$351- $500
Stein, Richard The Counterclockwise Ensemble Music
The Counterclockwise Ensemble is an instrumental contemporary/new age/classical mixed quintet that plays the original compositions of founder Rich Stein as well as arrangements of classical compositions and folk melodies. Featuring acoustic guitars, violin/viola, cello, bass and percussion, Counterclockwise appeals to young and old audiences alike. Our promotional video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDexd7TGp68
$351- $500
!, Spook Handy 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
Maurer, Jim Beat Box Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Ever wish you could play the drums, with your mouth???? Well Jester Jim is teaching the art of beatboxing to all young and old. A great introduction for kids to learn about tempo, and the sounds of music. Check out video clips of Jim doing his beatbox show on the website www.jesterjim.com.
$101- $200
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Puppet Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun has a variety of puppet shows available. All shows include a live musical and ventriloquist soft puppet warmup with audience participation. Puppet shows include delightful, believable hand puppet characters who also sing with music tracks. All of our puppet shows are audience interactive, FUNNY and engaging. Summer library reading programs are our a specialty, featuring each year's state theme. For this summer's 2014 Fizz, Boom, Read! theme, we suggest the Science Fair on the Farm puppet show, suitable for ages 6 and under. Check website for photos and show descriptions.
$201- $350
Gato, Nego Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble bring to their audiences the rich African influenced rhythms and dances of Salvador, Bahia, Brazi--areas known for customs deeply rooted in the traditions and spirituality of ancestral Africa. The ensemble was formed by the Artistic Director, Jose Sena, known professionally as Nego Gato, to share his experience of growing up on the streets of Salvador immersed in the magical sounds of street music, Carnaval and Candomble ceremonies. We present Living History and are accompanied by live percussion.
$1001- $3000
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, parents and students will work with highly trained teaching artists to explore the themes in that book through theatre, music and creative movement activities.
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia Music and Poetry of Hafiz Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and Poetry of Hafiz A colorful pageantry of songs and stories inspired by the 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz. Hafiz, who lived in the Persian city of Shiraz 100 years after the poet Rumi, has an amazing ability to lift the listener into a state of joy that overcomes the weariness of the world. into the poetry of 14th century poet, who lived 100 years after Rumi. Inspired by the book of poetry, Hafiz of Shiraz The Gift by Daniel Ladinsky. To hear the music go to: www.soundcloud.com/thelevins Duo, trio or quartet depending on space/budget. Joined by reknowned musicians Natalia Perlaza: Middle-Eastern percussion Mark Dann: Bass, Octive Mandolin We offer price breaks if you book more than one show or have multiple bookings with libraries or venues in your area. Call us at: 510.390-4903 to discuss which show will work best for you. Duo: $250- 450/ Group: $500-800
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna The Money Show-- Saving Spending & Sharing (ENGLISH-SPANISH VERSION AVAILABLE) Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Money Show is a Song & Puppetry program that teaches young children about the value of money in a fun, age-appropriate way. Saving, spending smart and sharing are concepts presented using interactive songs, puppetry, stories and colorful , interactive props. Meet Anna's puppet friends, LuLu the Singing Llama, learn from Macdonald about how he got his farm, meet Bernardo the Banker as he explains what it means to save. This show was created for the Newark Library, presented in several branches, and is under written by the PNC Bank. Anna created a popular BILINGUAL English-Spanish version for this library.
$501- $1000
Gillman, Jackson Moon Crazy Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Put on your imagination caps and blast off with Jackson on his lunar adventures. Captivating songs and stories, including Frank Asch's Happy Birthday Moon, to take you far away and pilot you happily home. Beth Wiseman of Loudoun County VA Library Program Specialist reports: You held the attention of 150+ children and adults for an hour - without any hi-tech stuff! Loved the way you wove the stories & songs together with movements & laughter.
$351- $500
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