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Program
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Description
Fee
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
Collins, Dawn Story, Song, Movement, Rhythm Play Plus Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An interactive program of songs, small and large movement, and rhythm instrument play for preschoolers and their parents. Story themes may be incorporated with the songs, e.g. songs about the seashore, songs about the seasons, songs about the river, songs about a holiday or national celebration. Parents interact with their children and the children learn that music and reading is fun, especially when sharing quality time with their parent or caregiver. Rhythm instruments (over 12 different types) are hand-held percussion instruments that are sanitized prior to use and are very sturdy and safe. (A craft or art project may be added on, which will extend the program length to 1 hour and 15 minutes.)
$101- $200
Van Egmond, Timothy You Say Potato, I Say Pomme de Terre Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A program to celebrate the 400s section of the Dewy Decimal System, Languages (and to help Tim honestly say he's using his B.A. in Romance Languages)! These stories and songs help people hear and savor the sound of different languages as they're transported to the cultures that speak them. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Native American Flute - Introductory History & Playing Multicultural- Native American,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An introduction to the history of the Native American flute, a hands-on lesson that incorporates how to hold the flute, breath control, one breath soloing, jamming with others, a basic scale for flute, jamming with other instruments, and a handout of resources for further learning. With the minimum of 10 participants, an add-on to the workshop may be an option to build your own flute at an additional program cost of $50 per participant for the flute. This may develop into an ongoing flute learning & jam program if participants are interested.
$101- $200
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Songwriting Essentials Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
This highly interactive workshop is for beginner or intermediate songwriters seeking to more deeply explore the craft in a supportive environment where creativity is prioritized over formula, Songwriters will work individually, collaborate with peers, and give and receive constructive feedback. Themes will include: key elements of songs, sources of inspiration, the creative process, identifying and overcoming common stumbling blocks, embracing vulnerability and fear, letting go of achievement-driven art, connecting your voice and values, and allowing your unique perspective to shine. Activities will include individual and group writing exercises, presentation, discussion, Q&A, and group song / idea sharing.
$501- $1000
Kornrich, Mike Mike Kornrich-HAPPY MUSIC FOR HAPPY KIDS Music
Mike plays Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele and sings songs like: I've Been Working On the Railroad, When Your Smiling, Rock Around the Clock. Silly Antics in between songs. Most songs have child interaction. A fun time for children mostly under age 7. Parents like it too!! See www.mikekornrich.com
$351- $500
Ackerbauer, Bill The Doghouse Carpenters (acoustic trio) Music,
Other
The Doghouse Carpenters are the Americana trio of Bill Ackerbauer, Bill Healy and Bob Zink. The group plays traditional American folk, vintage country, bluegrass and old-timey music on a mix of acoustic instruments, including upright bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. The trio peppers its performances with good humor, stories about the origins of the songs and throws the occasional curveball by putting an old-timey spin on modern material. Specialized thematic programs with topics such as Train Songs and Spirituals are available. We are willing to tailor our performances to your needs and interests.
$201- $350
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Family Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Family Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?” “Homespun Family 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, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$351- $500
Abbate, Concetta Concetta Abbate Vocalist and Violinist Music
Concetta Abbate’s performance fuses smooth jazz vocals with strings. Songs are a mix of American Jazz Classics and newly composed pieces. This live show has been performed in venues diverse as the United Nations, NYU, The MTA Music Under New York Program, The Rubin Art Museum and Queens-Flushing Public Library. Concetta Abbate is a violinist, composer and teaching artist in New York City. After a childhood dedicated to classical training Concetta became interested in jazz. Her most recent album which explores themes of was released on Waterbug Records in February 2015. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin this past winter 2015. She is musical director of a one room schoolhouse in Brooklyn called Teacup Music and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Music and Music education at Columbia University. For more information you can visit her website: www.concettaabbate.com
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave Songs from New York State! History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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