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Schuman, Sandy Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again. The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932. The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody. When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema.
$101- $200
Payne, Tereasa A Tour of World Flutes Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A Tour of World Flutes with Tereasa Payne Tereasa Payne, flutist, world-flutist, and woodwinds player, from NYC presents a program of 15 flutes from around the world. Audiences learn about and hear flutes from around the world while also learning a message about diversity and acceptance. Flutes included are from India, Romania, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Japan, China, Cambodia, and more! Tereasa is a regular performer with Disney’s “The Lion King” where she performs on 13 of these flutes from around the world.
$351- $500
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Railroad History,
Music
Songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, describing the construction, operation, and history of America's railroads. Main repertoire source: N. Cohen, The Long Steel Rail, U.of Chicago Press, 1982. Examples: Drill Ye Tarriers, John Henry, Wabash Cannonball, Casey Jones, Wreck of the Old 97, Paddy Works on the Railway, Life's Railway to Heaven, etc. Accompaniment on acoustic stringed instruments (guitar, banjo, Autoharp, etc.). History and background is given for all songs. Presented annually for the Brighton schools for 13 years; and recently performed at the Strong Museum (Rochester), Heritage Square Museum (Ontario), Cattaraugus County Museum, New England Folk Festival (Mansfield MA). Performed at Cottrell Mem. Library in Atlanta NY, 2011. Many opportunities for audience participation (chorus singing).
$201- $350
Kelly, Rorie Stories, Songs and Sass to Ignite Your Personal Revolution Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Are you ready to become the hero of your own story? Singer and songwriter Rorie Kelly invites you on a journey that will explore the darkest parts of your heart as well as the brightest gifts you have to offer. With radical honesty and compassion, Rorie will take you on a crash course to befriending yourself. That includes those parts of yourself you may have felt you needed to hide away. Moments of raw honesty will put you in touch with your own angers and hurts, allowing you to begin to heal those wounds. Songs of hope and resilience will lead you out of the darkness, offering the strength to go after the happiness we all truly deserve. Songs to Start a Fire is a passionate and transformative musical journey that will help shine a light on the person you were meant to be and the life you were meant to live.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Perfect for A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Theme 2019. Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
Kelly, Rorie Songs to Start a Fire Group Songwriting Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
The group songwriting workshop is an opportunity to literally raise our voices and create a song that powerfully expresses our feelings and ideas. When we tell our story honestly, we create an opportunity for those around us to grow, heal and find connection. When we raise our voices together, we put a powerful message into the world that can help us create real positive change. As a group we will share our struggles and our hopes and choose a theme we’d like to shine a light on. Together, we will create and perform a song that shares that message. Each participant will leave with a recording of the new song that she helped bring into the world.
$201- $350
String Band, Homegrown Roots of the Dead Music
Jerry Garcia, founder and “spiritual advisor” of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, was an avid listener and student of American traditional music. He and his bandmates were well versed in 20th century American blues and bluegrass, as well as the folk traditions of the British Isles. Like the Grateful Dead, the Homegrown String Band has drunk deeply from the well of blues, ballads, and breakdowns that have helped to shape the sounds of American popular music. In this program we will be sharing our original interpretations of some of the traditional and early commercial recordings that were featured in the repertoire of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
$501- $1000
Herscovitch, Lara In Concert (solo, duo or trio) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Original music performance, solo, duo or trio (trio billed as Lara Herscovitch & the Highway Philosophers). Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” Acoustic Live in New York City added, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.” www.LaraHerscovitch.com
$501- $1000
Riedel, Cris Music Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
This year's summer reading theme, Libraries Rock, is about MUSIC. All the stories in this program are music related. The program includes these tales: The Bremen Town Musicians, from Germany The story of four animals running away from home, and their song saves their lives. The First Flute, from the Sioux Nation With help from a woodpecker and a flute, a young man wins his life partner and the enduring respect of his tribe. The Beggar's Song from Italy
$351- $500
McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” SUMMER READING PROGRAM Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of singing games and cherished songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members get tootled by a flute, act out multicultural singing games, sing a fun song about borrowing books from the library, play drums and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack toys. Everyone will clap, sing and dance in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for the SUMMER READING PROGRAM and ties into the theme of the year. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, penny whistle and children’s drums in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! ( Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
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