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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Kumalo, Robbi Keep The Beat Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Keep the Beat is multi-lingual world music concert featuring folk songs from around the globe with pulsating energy and interactivity. The emphasis of the concert is how people all over the world are connected by music, history, and daily interaction. Robbi K & Friends chant with you in Yoruba, hum Zulu folk songs like Mbube, dance to the Latin clavé rhythm, and sing in reggae style celebrating l’chaim; and the many things we have in common with each other. Robbi shares stories about her travels as a musician, and through call & response you'll find yourself singing in 5 different languages. Keep the Beat is a wonderful concert for festivals, schools, and main stage family programs. Children exposed to these songs will not only be singing them for many years to come but hopefully will be inspired to become loving and open-minded participants in the global community.
$351- $500
Skandan, Sonali Legends of India through Dance, Music and Mime Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Sonali Skandan and her Jiva Dance Company will present famous legends from India using the form of Bharatanatyam, the classical dance from South India. Combining rhythmic footwork with beautiful hand and facial gestures, Jiva Dance will present the music and stories that are timeless to Indian culture, including the birth of Ganesha, the battle between Krishna and the serpent demon Kalinga, and the grandeur of Lord Rama. Universal themes such as love, longing and devotion are highlighted in these epic stories.
$501- $1000
Oliveira, Nelson "The Splish Splash Reading Show" Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Other
Domino's, "The Splish Splash Reading Show" is an action packed program that will grab the attention of children (and fun loving adults too) with amazing magic tricks, fun storytelling, hilarious age-appropriate humor, tons of audience participation, music and more. This reading program will make your summer a real "SPLASH" and pack your library with young readers who are ready for some real fun in the sun at YOUR Library!
$201- $350
Steele, Margaret Amazing Magical Margo Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Magical Margo is the character of Margaret Steele, one of the world's foremost female magicians. Her illusions, accompanied by beautiful classical music, open audiences to the idea of achieving the impossible. Her programs highlight respect, good manners, history and literacy. A Juilliard graduate, Margaret has designed magical arts-in-education programs for the Queens Symphony Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. A published author, Margaret adapts her show for featured program themes.
$351- $500
McKnight, Andrew Library Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Andrew's solo performances are a bit like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. He delivers his masterfully crafted cinematic vignettes of rural Americans and their struggles in memorable melodies and compelling twists of phrase. With his epic Civil War ballad 'The Road to Appomattox', the uplifting messages of 'Good Things Matter' (Great American Song Contest Winner), and his haunting anti-mountaintop mining song 'Made by Hand', audiences are spellbound from the first to the final note.
$351- $500
McIntosh, Story Laurie Journey to Ellis Island: An Immigration Story Genealogy,
History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this touching and powerful performance, Story Laurie portrays her grandmother as an immigrant girl full of hopes and dreams. Listeners travel with the young Carmela on this emotional (and often humorous) journey as she departs her hometown of Potenza, Italy, crosses the Atlantic and arrives in New York Harbor, ready to begin a new life in a strange and magical land. The performance (25-30 mins.) is followed by a discussion/Q&A session about US immigration. Journey to Ellis Island is also available as a residency program where Laurie helps students develop the skills to research their own family stories. The residency culminates in individual or group art projects (eg. a song written by students and which tells of the collective immigrant experience; class “quilt” that depicts each family’s story).
$201- $350
Nugent, Margie The Art of Henna Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Learn about the art of henna - how to mix it, why it's used, what the designs mean. Perfect for holiday celebration or as a full class. Everyone leaves with a henna and an appreciation for this ancient art form. Handouts provided.
$101- $200
Epstein Kravis, Anna BILINGUAL ENGLISH SPANISH Songs, Puppetry & Fun Family Fiesta Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This program features songs children and their parents know and love, from American and Latino cultures. English and Spanish are so gracefully interwoven that knowledge of either language is sufficient to make this song & puppet concert great fun for all children and family audiences. Five Little Monkeys, a song familiar to all kids, is hilariousisly acted by volunteers from the audience, with 5 adorable monkey puppets and a funny crocodile, alternating lyrics in English and Spanish. LuLu the Singing Llama makes her appearance adding to the fun. Children have many opportunities to be in the show! INCLUDES SONGS FROM ANNA'S AWARD WINNING SON LOS COLORES BILINUGAL CD!
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. GOOWIN'S BALLOOWINS Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Madcap balloon artist, Allynn Gooen, invites audience members into his stories as they become the actors, while he creates their sets, props, and costumes from twisting balloons. Stories can include Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs, The Three Pigs, The Wizard of Oz, The Story of Purim, or practically any story of your choosing. This unforgettable show will captivate the audience and spark their imaginations.
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia Lighten Up Edgar Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A presentation of the lighter side of Poe which includes a musical ode to the poet, short stories and humorous adaptations of his poetry set to standards for group sing-a-longs. It is a light-hearted way to celebrate Poe without tearing up the floorboards.
$201- $350
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