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McGrath, Cathy “CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Cuisle Mo Chroί” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Enjoy a batch of Christmas carols and tunes. The concert features songs learned from parents and grandparents and includes songs from NY, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, French Canada, Italy, and tunes learned from Irish friends, all of which are featured on the CD “Winter Root.” Try this recipe for a holiday concert: combine a dash of flute, a pinch of penny whistle, a smidgen of bodhrán, and spice with guitar, frost with Celtic harp, add a generous portion of rich vocal harmonies and then let your spirits rise. The trio “Cuisle Mo Chroí” ( pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) is one of the premier folk ensembles in the Rochester NY area. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, have appeared nine times in the Rochester Irish Festival, have opened for Cherish the Ladies, are often found at Irish music sessions in the area, and have played together for 20 years at festivals, libraries, pubs, parties, and more. This program has been presented most recently in the Tiffany Mosaic Chapel in Clifton Springs, NY.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane The Winter Solstice in Story and Song Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales surrounded by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life ancient tales of the longest nights including the Scandinavian Legend of the Mistletoe and Apple Tree Man a humorous Wassail story from England. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan this performance offers a fascinating look at the stories behind wintertime traditions including songs evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies to round out the event. Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word. Publisher’s Weekly
$501- $1000
Collins, Dawn Native American Style Flute Playing and Mini-Concert History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
Introduction to the history of the Native American tradition of flute playing, basic elements of construction of the flute (Plains flute and Woodland flutes), the evolution of design of the instrument and the playing purposes. This is a hands-on class and plastic flutes may be available for those who do not own a flute at advance request of at least several weeks. A display of over thirty flutes representing several custom flute builders and a mini-concert of tunes may be included as a pre-workshop incentive for learning. Each session includes instruction on breath control, fingering technique, and playing scales familiar to the Native American style, building melodies using improvisation and learning how to read NAF tablature.
$101- $200
Rosenberg, Paul Dance the World Around! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your audience can try their hand at folk dancing, and kick up their heels to live fiddle music, just like people did in the 18th and 19th century before electricity! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation and that is still going on in many communities. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 3 to 103 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as international folk (Irish, Dutch, African, Chinese, Korean, Latin American, Russian, Israeli, French, and more) dances. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! The “Dance the World Around” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, ukulele, hu lu si (Chinese wind instrument), percussion, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Cinderella in the Wild West Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
The famous fairy tale has been given an updated, All-American treatment. Cindy Lou Rella lives at the homestead of a pioneer woman, Cavalcade Annie, where she works hard at chores and dreams of a better life. Opportunity knocks when she enters a rodeo and competes by riding the mightiest bull around, El Toro. Instead of a fairy godmother, Cindy Lou has a Native American Spirit guide, and there are other surprises, too.
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Rosenberg, Paul Community Harvest Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your library supplies the atmosphere—cornstalks, hay bales, cider, pies and books – for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, gourd and modern banjo, and tin whistle. Homespun leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and celebrate the bounty of the harvest as generations of Americans have done. Traditional dancing helps build a sense of community. The audience has fun working together to learn the dances. Participants experience a bit of living history - they learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history that inspired the dances and music. Community dancing develops participants’ communication and listening skills, and improves physical coordination…dancing is great exercise! The “Community Harvest Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Merry Old English Music & Dances To Welcome in the Spring Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Participatory songs, dances, and magical traditions of Merrie Olde England that help celebrate the arrival of this loveliest season of the year. Seasonal concert/workshop combination. By request, program can be expanded to include traditional maypole dancing (see below)
$351- $500
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Carpenter, Margot Do We Want to Be Like Music? Multicultural- Other,
Music
Why do we care for music so much that we want to sing or dance? Does a good melody do what we want to do? Yes, say Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy, and in this workshop they'll show what Aesthetic Reaism teaches: Music puts opposites together, opposites that we want to put together in our lives! Notes rise and fall, are separate and together. A melody is both energetic and gentle, harsh and sweet. Aren't these same opposites ones we have and want to make sense of? Eli Siegel, the founder of the education Aesthetic Realism, stated in this principle: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." Through demonstrations with flute and drum, children will have the thrill of hearing how these two instruments, so different from each other, work together, add to each other! Do we want to be like those wonderful instruments and like notes in a song, which add to each other to make a beautiful meldoy? Do we want to add to all other people and to be added to by them?
$101- $200
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