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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Durst, James Work o' the Weavers/Celebrating America's Pioneering Folk Quartet History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beginning in 1950 with their 2-sided hit single, Tzena Tzena & Goodnight Irene, the Weavers ignited popular interest in folk music. With a freshness and exuberance never before heard, they enjoyed surprising success until they were caught up in the hysteria of the Cold War anti-communist witch-hunts of McCarthism and HUAC, blacklisted and driven from the stage in 1952 at the height of their popularity. Their triumphant 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert and the Vanguard recording of the event gave heart to a generation and served to kindle the 'folk boom' of the '50s & '60s, providing a foundation upon which virtually every subsequent folk performer would build. WORK O' THE WEAVERS recalls their timely story and timeless songs. Adhering faithfully to the Weavers' original arrangements, WORK O' THE WEAVERS' (James Durst, David Bernz, Marthat Sandefer & Mark Murphy) repertoire includes the beloved familiar songs--as well as some the Weavers never sang, but might be singing were they still active today. Rousing, refreshing and relevant.
$1001- $3000
Bromka, Sondra & John THE ART of the BALLAD: Oral Literature, Musical Poetry, Mystery and Legend History,
Literature- Other,
Music
The ballad was a powerful and mystical form of early literature that was enriched and carried through time by the elements of rhyme, rhythm, and music. This collection of compelling short musical tales represents different cultures, and is presented in original form - as songs rich in symbolism, surprising storylines, archetypal characters, and the familiar motifs they share with their close cousins, folk and fairy tales. This intriguing program features early music and instruments from the times of Beowulf to Shakespeare, including medieval bray harp, hurdy gurdy, recorders and other historic instruments. Adaptable for different ages and seasons.
$351- $500
Simpson, Julia Breanetta How Sweet The Sound History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
An interactive program which traces the evolution of American music from Slavery to the Jazz Age.
$501- $1000
Kumalo, Robbi Osebo's Drum Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is a wonderful storytelling performance for African-American History Month as well as all year round! Multiple Parents’ Choice Award winning storyteller Robbi K's spirit is clearly contagious, and the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with the telling of how the turtle got its shell. Movement, singing and chanting set the scene for Robbi to unfold this amusing traditional tale of a little turtle who outwits the fierce leopard and is rewarded with a shell. Robbi moves about constantly, appealing to the audience as she acts out the many characters. This program can also include an African percussionist, budget permitting.
$501- $1000
Kingsley, Cyndi Dinner Music Music
Songs from the 20s through the 40s. Smooth and relaxing. Inspires people to get up and dance if they wish. Ideal for background during a dinner party. Show includes songs such as: Days of Wine and Roses Dream Smile The Way We Were What's new visit my website www.cyndisings.com
$101- $200
O'Brien, Meg Fesmire's Folly Music
Five member band performing a variety of music, including classic rock (Beatles, Rolling Stones) and contemporary hits (Christina Aguilera, Sara Bareilles). Can also perform acoustically with just singer, piano, and/or guitar if desired.
$501- $1000
Maichack, Mary Jo Sun, Moon, Stars, Shine! Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales, tunes and dress-up audience fun: MJ leads the audience in songs familiar and new about the cosmos, tells dynamic tales with lots of audience participation: Raven Steals the Light, The Face on the Moon, an Australian tale of a Sky Giant, more. Best fun: Audience dress-up in feathers enact a beautiful tale from Viet Nam, Why Rooster Crows. This always hushes the audience in a cloud of charm as they see some kids role play in gorgeous sun and jade emperor costumes.
$351- $500
Clive, Young, The History of Rock Concerts History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Clive Young has been a concert industry journalist for more than 15 years, so The History of Rock Concerts offers an insider’s view of how rock concerts grew from Elvis performing in hayfields to the multi-million-dollar spectacles that the Rolling Stones and Madonna present today. Weaving facts, humorous anecdotes, video and PowerPoint together, this program highlights how concerts, like rock music, have always changed to reflect the times.

Special attention is paid to

  • The Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium
  • Woodstock and its tragic sequel, Woodstock 1999
  • The epic charity event, Live Aid
  • The first rock concert
  • The top 10 biggest music events ever
  • How MTV influenced the modern rock show
  • Why tickets cost so much today
  • How a show is produced
  • Hearing protection tips

    As an added bonus, concert earplugs and hearing conservation pamphlets are provided free for all attendees to take home.

    EXCLUSIVE: While this program features considerable performance footage, The History of Rock Concerts features two video documentaries that are exclusive to this program, showing life behind-the-scenes on recent tours by Fleetwood Mac and The Who. These films can not be seen anywhere else!

  • $201- $350
    Domestic, Violin Domestic Violin Music
    A local duo plays old-time fiddler tunes, some Cajun tunes, some French Canadian, Scottish, Irish, and bluegrass music, waltzes, polkas, reels, jigs, hornpipes, etc. Classical and/or seasonal music also available upon request. Violinist Mark Weeg is accompanied on piano by Kathy Wilkins. See 6 little clips of Domestic Violin on Youtube.
    $101- $200
    Tincknell, Roger Children's Songs and Singing Games Music,
    Nature- Animals,
    Performing Arts- Storytelling
    CHILDREN’S SONGS & SINGING GAMES Interactive Program for Young Children Sing, move, dance and play rhythm instruments while exploring other cultures with traditional, original and contemporary songs and play-parties! This program includes a variety of traditional, multicultural, contemporary and original songs that stimulate the imagination and inspire singing, moving and dancing. Children imitate animals, take imaginary journeys, create song lyrics and learn Spanish and other languages through call and response singing. Quiet songs and lullabies are interspersed with high energy movement songs. The program is performed on a wide variety of instruments including, guitar, banjo, mandolin, drums and harmonica. Children are often invited to play Latin, African and Native American percussion instruments.
    $201- $350
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