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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Sumner, Rachel Rockin' All Around the World Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award-winning children's recording artist Rachel Sumner puts together a special concert each year to incorporate the summer reading theme. Her programs are available any year. She usually tours in NY State and Western PA the last week of July into early August. Please contact her for on-route bookings. Singing songs and telling stories that teach as well as entertain, she has gained fans young and old. Her music videos appear regularly on The Learning Channel's Ready, Set, Learn during Short Stuff. She can also be heard on children's radio, satellite and airline programming around the world. In addition to her concert performances, Rachel presents keynotes and workshops full of creative ideas, music and fun for educators, librarians, families and parents. She is a trained Arts Integrated Specialist with the Tennessee Arts Commission. She also works as an artist in residence with various arts organizations and is a Master Artist with the highly acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute.
$501- $1000
Roethel, Glen Who's Got Talent? Open-Mic Night! Music
Read a poem, tell a joke, sing a song, play an instrument— maybe for your very first time on stage! It's a two-way learning experience: how to present yourself to an audience and how to listen and appreciate...with your host, Glen Roethel (a.k.a. Mr. Singer-Songwriter). Make it an afternoon program for your school or church!
$201- $350
Spero, Christine Spero Plays Nyro Music
Laura Nyro was the quintessential singer/songwriter/pianist. Her groundbreaking music crossed the genres of folk, rock and jazz and she was one of the most covered artists in the 1960's and 1970's (Eli's Coming, Stoned Soul Picnic, Wedding Bell Blues, Sweet Blindness). Her tragically premature passing in 1997 shocked her fans. Finally, in 2012 she was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Christine Spero Group will bring their own kind of power to Laura Nyro's music. Christine Spero has loved Laura's music from a young age when she was given Eli and the Thirteenth Confession by a radio DJ friend. She was inspired by Laura's music to be bold in writing, singing and playing piano and was the Winner of the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition in the Jazz Category. Her CDs are listened to around the world. Joining Christine will be Elliot Spero on horns and percussion, Scott Petito on bass, and Peter O'Brien on drums. The group will also be performing some of Christine's original compositions. Christine will share stories about some of Laura's songs as well as her own.
$1001- $3000
Bertles, John Sustainable Storytelling Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Increase your students' environmental awareness using literacy! Master storyteller Robin Bady will weave an eco-web of words accompanied by the bewitching music of Skip LaPlante on instruments built from trash. Stories are age-appropriate and science-based, and address the concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as well as Conservation. Whether in auditorium or workshop format, students are encouraged to create and perform their own stories - in which the Big Bad Wolf may be a vital part of our ecosystem!
$501- $1000
Lajewski, Chris Tune Into Nature: A Dig Into Reading Summer Program Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chris the Guitarist brings traditional sing-along songs, humorous stories, and Native American tales alive with his acoustic guitar and uplifting spirit. He has delighted audiences around New York State with songs like This Land is Your Land, The Fox, The Beaver Call, Owl Moon, Mother Nature Made a Forest, Boom Chicka Boom, and many more favorites! Audiences have enjoyed being transported to another time during Chris’ lively telling of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff and How Crawdad Got it’s Eyes. Chris will get you singing along and laughing it up! Reviews: The interactive nature of the program was the most enjoyable for both the children and parents. Your sing along songs were a great hit. I thought the program was great! - Central NY United Way. This program is perfect for our group. They get right into the activities and songs. - Wayland Free Library. It was clear that the children enjoyed themselves a great deal while learning at the same time. - Guernsey Memorial Public Library. What a wonderful performance last week; all loved it. You relate so great with the kids; a success. - Meco Elementary School.
$201- $350
Sackett, Richard Richard Sackett Music
Singer and guitarist. Playing songs of social significance. Covers from 60's through today.
$351- $500
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi HOLIDAYS OF LIGHTS Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
HOLIDAYS OF LIGHTS is a multicultural celebration of our fall/winter holidays Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Diwali through stories and song. Through all we experience the good always shines on fill us with hope and to inspire us to better heights. Fun stories, puppet plays and many songs and games fill this joyous highly interactive program. This program is based on a show created and performed at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY – a major force in Children’s Programming in Westchester County. As always, our shows are tailored to your needs and AS ALWAYS – we invite the audience to LEND US A HAND!
$351- $500
McIntosh, Story Laurie 2011 One World, Many Stories - Around the World... Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once upon a time, a young fellow named Jack grew a cabbage so enormous, he decided to see if he could sail it across the open sea. He could! And so he did. . .And so begins “Around the World in An Afternoon”, a musical storytelling adventure that will transport your library audience to lands both near and far. Within the frame story of Jack sailing on his cabbage (based on an old story dreamed up by Pete Seeger long ago), Story Laurie takes listeners on an imaginary journey that begins in your library’s backyard. The audience will sail south to the small island nation of Haiti, to hear a traditional folk tale. Then they will set sail across the Atlantic, where they will meet characters commonly found in European and African folklore. We then continue our journey around the globe, with a stop in Asia, then the South Seas and finally back home to the United States...singing songs, telling tales, off we go!
$201- $350
Epstein Kravis, Anna Song & Puppetry INTERACTIVE Fun for a Winter's Day Show (Non Holiday) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This lively song and puppetry concert brightens a winter day with lots of winter time songs, puppetry and participation! Designed with winter school break in mind, this HIGHLY INTERACTIVE program features adorable hand puppets, synthesizer keyboard, LuLu the Singing Lama's silliest antics, move-along fun, and many chances for children to be in the show. This is a bright and sparkly, high-energy time for a winter day! Ages 2-8 (+ -), and family audiences.
$351- $500
Levin, Yosi Friends Around The World Multicultural- Other,
Music
A multicultural, interactive & educational sing-along. Learn songs, dances & explore musical instruments from around the world! Also, a special lesson about friendship, living in harmony & making music together.
$501- $1000
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