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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Herscovitch, Lara Miles to Go: Songs, Stories & Insights From a Life in Music Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This entertaining and informative session includes the wisdom earned from hundreds of thousands of miles of life as a touring singer-songwriter and policy social worker. Lara will play songs from her recent recordings and walk us through a song’s journey from observation to poetry to recording. She will reflect about the creative process and the people, places and events that have inspired her, while answering our questions along the way. Lara’s themes span a broad range, including stories of misfits and underdogs, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation – so most topics are fair game! (Note: This workshop can be adapted for a performing-musician audience, expanding to include music business & performance advice.)
$501- $1000
Ellison, Emily Children Sing and Celebrate Around the World! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
“CHILDREN SING AND CELEBRATE AROUND THE WORLD!” ($450.00 per program) For Children and their Caregivers, Ages 0 - 100! Children will learn about the great variety of ways that people sing and celebrate around the world in this 45 minute to one hour long interactive program. Participants will sing folk songs from America around the world and play djembes, shakeres, balaphon, and other percussion instruments from America, Africa, China, Latin America, and Native America. They will explore the these five elements of music rhythm,tempo, timbre, dynamics and melody as they sing and make music from all corners of the Earth. Children will also enjoy the musical instrument meet and greet after the program where they can spend time strumming and banging and really getting to know more about the instruments from Ms. Ellison’s personal collection.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John The Sounds of Nature's Music on World Instruments from Many Cultures Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Nature, Music, and Instruments Around the World and Across Time! Through time, the sounds of nature have inspired wonderful musical, poetic, and artistic dreams all around the world. From rushing waterfalls, to gentle drops of rain and melting icicles… to birdsong and crickets... to diverse sounds of the four seasons, Bells & Motley are excited to bring young audiences on a musical journey using a gamut of evocative instruments including harp and medieval fiddles, exotic zithers from Turkey and China, and many other rare exotic historical instruments, for a good measure of total surprise. A beautiful introduction to the evocative powers of music for audiences of all ages.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Band Together with the Wizard of Books Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Magic
Get ready to rock with the Wizard of Books! This summer, magician Ron Cain invites young readers to help him form a wizard rock band. The 45-minute magic show highlights the 2018 New York state summer reading program theme, Libraries Rock! Appearing as the Wizard of Books, Ron uses magical, musical tricks to encourage children to read. Volunteers perform illusions with offbeat instruments he conjures. Youngsters also learn about literary and historical wizards, including Merlin, Morgan le Fay and Harry Potter. The Harry Potter universe has inspired its own musical genre called wizard rock. Since 2002, bands like Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys have performed songs about J.K. Rowling's wizarding books.
$201- $350
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom TRADITIONAL AMERICAN MUSIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tiger Tom Walsh and his one man Jam Band show! No electronic trickery. It’s just one man, a guitar, Old time American, Roots, Mountain, Jam, Originals and BLUES music with The Cosmic Forces of the Universe… WOW! As one of the country’s most original Singer and Storytellers, FARMER Tom Walsh takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the roots of American music and his own original songs with a little help from the grooves of THE BLUES with a mix of old time mountain music, Uncle Dave Macon, The Grateful Dead and his own lovin' soul. FARMER Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. FARMER Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops, at festivals, are available.
$351- $500
Ellison, Emily Gung Hay Fat Choy Chinese New Year! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! ($450.00) Bang a Gong, Dance Along Chinese New Year! Ages 0 - 100! Celebrate Chinese New Year with real Chinese Lion Dancing, ribbon dancing, instrument play and Chinese Kung Fu. Play authentic instruments and wear beautiful clothing for this special Chinese New Year Celebration! Learn real Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi forms you can practice at home. Additional add ons: (additional one hour programs each) ($200.00) Please Touch mini museum of Chinese Culture. ( $200.00) Make and Take Chinese Watercolor Painting for up to 30 people: materials included, everyone takes home a special Chinese New Year Banner.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Wassail' Renaissance Christmas Pageant & Music Revels Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
'Sing, Say, and Play!' in this participatory Christmas music and pageant performance that toasts the old year and welcomes in the new. Set in the Magical Days of Yore, it is fanciful weaving of historic music, traditions, and surprises. 'Wassail' comes from the Old English greeting Wes hael, meaning 'Be thou hail!' and wassailers even today go about England carolling friends & neighbors in this traditional musical well-wishing. To highlight the event, the audience takes on roles in a traditional mummers’ play - a lighthearted spectacle of singing, costumes and laughter. Mummers' plays are still performed in rural England as improvisatory theater in streets, homes, and community gatherings, and feature a host of characters who symbolically assist the sun in its turning through the shortest days of the year. The culminating event of the play is the grand Wassail Bowl, around which all gather to wish a fine Yuletide Season! Come One and All, Young and Old, Shy and Bold, and let thy fancies run free (and be sure to bring your cameras!)
$351- $500
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
Cohen, Dan Bananappeal Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Danna Banana solo.50 minutes of original music, storytelling and games guaranteed to have everyone on their feet. (appropriate for ages 3-9)
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen 19th-Century American Songs & Tunes History,
Music
The Flint Hill Folk have been staff musicians at the Genesee Country Village restoration in Mumford NY for over 30 years. The group includes up to eight members, performing on fiddle, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, concertina, and vocals. Performances are in 19th-century costume, and feature restored period instruments. Repertoire includes folk and popular songs of the 19th century/Civil War era, with emphasis on New York composers, and regional themes such as the Erie Canal, Civil War, women's suffrage, The group can perform in numbers from three to six, depending on individual requirements. A subset of the Flint Hill Folk can provide period dance calling and instrumentation. In addition to regular work at Genesee Country Village, group has performed at the Museum of Trades & Industry (Seneca Falls), Brighton Town Concert Series, Salt Museum (Sytacuse), Hamlin Beach State Park, 'Battle of Lain's Mill' Civil War re-enactment (Canisteo), Granger Homestead (Canandaigua), Geneseo Summer Concert Series, many other venues.
$501- $1000
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