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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
Delgado, Anna Come Join the BenAnna Band! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Let's join the BenAnna Band in live interactive personalized group music experience! The BenAnna Band provides a high energy interactive musical experience by involving the audience in free dance, organized dancing, group singing & playing various musical instruments. The BenAnna Band utilizes guitar, voice & tambourine to create a full sound but also not over stimulating for other students with various needs. Songs included are Disney classics, familiar pop/rock songs, movement songs with grounding concepts along with original songs created by the band. The program can be adjusted based on the age of the audience & will be engaging for the whole family. We pride ourselves on providing the most engaging music for people of all abilities or needs.
$201- $350
Messano, Bob Planet That We Love Tour Music,
Nature- Environment
This program appeals to the whole family. It focuses on big themes like environmental awareness and global harmony. Guitar Bob’s upbeat performance engages the audience in active participation. Kids connect with current topics such as caring for the planet when Guitar Bob sings “Skip Around the Sun”, “Amazon Shuffle”, “Blue Planet Revue” and “One World Talking”. Parents value Bob’s positive messages and ability to educate while letting “kids be kids”.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'One World, Many Instruments' Concert Show & Tell for Children, Families Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
Created of wood, bone, skin, metals, and earth, it is an amazing thing to behold the many ways people around this globe have used nature’s materials to bring forth music! The Bromkas have a long history of first-hand explorations and experimentations with world music in its many forms. Their extensive travels have lead them to play a variety of truly exotic instruments, from a great many different countries and cultures. Audiences love their hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, the wide variety of bagpipes, mandolins, cittern, and Celtic harps. This musical journey travels to the far reaches of Asia, to include the magical Chinese Harp called “guzheng” and “erhu” fiddle, Turkish oud & baglama, Mideastern zither “kanun,”and a raft of percussion and other rare instruments! Hear stories for each of their instruments and musical selections, be it travels in Europe and Asia, gifts from mysterious strangers, or the instruments built in the Bromkas' own studios. This multicultural musical journey is a fascinating, fun learning experience for folks of all ages.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Learning to Like the World Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
In three workshops, teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy show children that their deepest desire is to like the world on an honest basis, and that everything--from a flower to mathematics to their mothers--can be used to like the world. Young people learn this big, important fact--that they can honestly like the world, even as they may be critical of bad things in it, because its structure is sensible, even beautiful, a oneness of opposites. They're encouraged to love knowledge, and through these classes they learn to respect one another more and become kinder to family, friends, and people of other cultures. Class 1: Books Tell You: the World & You are a deep and surprising team; Class 2: What Will Make a Person Truly Strong; or Martin Luther King & the Children's March; Class 3: Do we Want to Be Like Music? Ken Kimmelman's award winning anti-prejudice film "Brushstrokes" is shown.
$101- $200
Cavanaugh, Deb Express Yourself in Song (For the 2009 Summer Reading Program) Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
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. A recording of any final performance on CD can also be made available for each participant and one for the library.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Building a Better World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program using songs and movement to promote community building and working together to improve everyone's lives. Songs such as Ruth Pelham's We're All a Family Under One Sky and Malvina Reynolds' We Live in the City celebrate diversity and unity. We will also sing songs in other languages and incorporate folk dance into this unique program for children from preschool up through middle school. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. This program can be adapted for a variety of ages.
$201- $350
Linthwaite, Dara Bugs Rock! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Whether they're flying in the sky or crawling under a rock, bugs are fascinating creatures. The children will learn about different kinds of bugs through simple songs, stories, and finger plays and wiggle their fingers in a Very Hungry Caterpillar roundup with finger puppets. No special craft table is needed for the parents to work with their children to make a special butterfly craft to take home.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When Music Married Television Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is a program that I can guarantee will have your patrons dancing in the aisles. The program director has their pick of programs as I explore the golden age of Rock & Roll through clips from one of the following programs, The Ed Sullivan Show (aired 1948 through 1971), Hullabaloo (aired 1965 through 1966), Shindig (aired 1964 through 1966) or Shivaree (aired 1965 through 1966) . I will give a concise history on any program of your choosing, and I will show musical clips from my vast library of rare and unreleased performances. Your patrons will delight to hear live performances from the beginning of Rock & Roll (Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis) to the British Invasion (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, The Hollies) and so much more. This is the definitive program on this subject, and you can book more than one presentation or even book all four in consecutive order. This is a great program for baby boomers to introduce their young ones to the music they had grown up with.
$101- $200
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