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Russell, Linda The Good Old Colony Days History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Balladeer Linda Russell brings the 18th century vividly to life through music. Broadsides, ballads, love songs and humorous ditties are accompanied by guitar, penny whistle and hammered and mountain dulcimers as she tells the stories of everyday life in early America. Included are such songs as Johnnie's Gone for a Soldier, Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me and George Washington's favorite dance tune! In children's program - there is hands-on interaction. They get to try instruments and join in the harvest rhythm band.
$351- $500
McGrath, Cathy CELTIC CONCERT “A CUP OF TEA with Cuisle Mo Chroí” History,
Multicultural- Other,
The lyrical music of Cuisle Mo Chroí (pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) evokes the heart of Celtic music. Combine the soothing tones of three part vocal harmony with the delicate arpeggios of the Irish harp, calming flow of breath through the wooden flute and penny whistle, and the steady pulse of bodhran (Irish drum) and guitar to make this trio of women, “Cuisle Mo Chroí” one of the premier folk groups in the Rochester NY area. The three, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath, have appeared nine times in the Rochester Irish Festival, have opened for “Cherish the Ladies”, and are often found at Irish music sessions in the area. Expect to hear songs (some in the Irish language) that evoke images of Ireland, Scotland, castles, immigration, romance, as well as songs your grandmother taught you on St. Patrick’s Day, and a few lively tunes - reels, jigs, planxties and polkas. This program has been presented for the Irish American Cultural Institute and for many community concerts and libraries.
$351- $500
Munzer, Michael The East End Trio's Pop Songbook Music
The East End Trio performs a mix of music from the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's and 2000's with style, grace and originality. In this program we feature Popular music that has inspired us, influenced us, impacted us etc. We mix in fun trivia, stories and musical history to provide 90 minutes of great entertainment.
$501- $1000
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Japanese Dance & Martial Arts Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
The traditional Japanese Folk Dances and the Martial Arts moves known as KATA, provide a glimpse into the unique YAMATO DAMISHI -SAMURAI SPIRIT-. This spirit has pervaded Japanese culture for hundreds of years and still influences the Japanese today as seen in the popularity of Samurai based Anime & Manga; as well as the countless martial arts studios-dojos- throughout the world. Accompanied by the thunder of the Taiko drums and the elegant sounds of the Koto and Shakuhachi; Karate & Kendo Kata are performed with Samurai Swords, and flying fists and feet. This is juxtaposed with the refined movements of classical Japanese dance. The influence of the martial spirit can be seen in these refined dances as well as the energetic movements of traditional local village folk dances. This program is presented by the Ryu Shu Kan and sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University's Community Outreach programs.
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Toe Tappin' Tunes Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of exciting folk music to get you up and moving. Upbeat toe tapping tunes and songs on mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals. Originally designed for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, this program will fit into any theme.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Express Yourself in Song (For the 2009 Summer Reading Program) Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Through the use of rhyming exercises and brainstorming techniques, groups of teens can work together on lyrics. If time permits, we will set those lyrics to music. A longer and more in-depth program can be arranged.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Spook Handy In Concert History,
Performing Arts- Other
Spook Handy in Concert is the most popular show I do. Instead of being theme oriented, this is just simply me, my trio or full band showcasing mostly original songs from my 4 CDs. Sprinkled with occasional 60s and 70s folk songs or an obscure original, this concert engages audiences of all backgrounds and ages. 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 for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
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
TheatreworksUSA, - Jim West Productions' DINOSAURS! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Fossil, the Dinosaur detective, mixes fun and facts in this colossal show inspired by everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures. Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev provide the rich musical score.
$1001- $3000
Stuart, Rose The Circus is Coming to Town! Music
Raise the big top (parachute!), leap through hoops of (paper) fire, brave the high wire (ribbon on the ground), and join a circus parade in this crowd-pleasing playtime.
$101- $200
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