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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Dolan, Mary Beth CALLIGRAPHY History,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Other
Mary Beth brings feather quills, calligraphy dip pens, parchment, and lettering workbook/style sheets and teaches some calligraphy basics. Please be aware that participants will be using old fashioned methods, and the means liquid ink in use in the room the program is held in- see special requirements. Recommended ages 8 and up.
$201- $350
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
Fein, Jonathan Objects and Memory History,
Media- Film,
Museums
What are the things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us? How do we preserve the past and speak to the future? What would you save if your house were on fire? Why do we join together in community in times of turmoil? Using excerpts from the PBS documentary film Objects and Memory, filmmaker Jonathan Fein raises questions about fundamental human responses and how we navigate through a fragile and chaotic world by using otherwise ordinary things that have become irreplaceable conveyors of identity, experience, and aspiration. Focusing on stories of meaningful objects invites discussion of issues of value, memory, contemporary history, museum collecting, heirlooms, artistic response, and authenticity. This entertaining and stimulating presentation excites the sense of wonder and challenges the audience to question what is taken for granted and what we hold most dear.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Call of the Wild: Music of the Klondike Gold Rush History,
Literature- Other,
Music
This program traces the history of the Klondike Gold Rush through the music of that era. Funny, romantic, silly and sometimes tragic, these songs and tunes are presented in costume with anecdotes and a lot of history lessons.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope' - A Medieval Music & Storytelling Journey History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Audiences are instantly engaged when a Medieval merchant's cart overflowing with mysterious and intriguing musical instruments arrives. Master Craftsman Yanek is en route to the greatest trading faire in all of France. His path crosses that of Lady Heliotrope, an exuberant troubaritz (female troubadour) in search of poetic inspiration. From here the fairytale spins as their tales entwine in this authentic period storytelling production that will absolutely delight audiences of all ages. Sondra and John Bromka infuse the performance with historic music on a great variety of unusual medieval instruments-many actually built by John, an accomplished luthier in real life. An authentic and appealing program!
$351- $500
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion, Lockport, Penfield, as well as various regional festivals and Civil War re-enactments.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “SONGS OF SUFFRAGE, ONE HUNDRED YEARS HENCE” History,
Museums,
Music
Join in singing the songs that the suffragists sang as they struggled for woman’s right to vote. Song sheets will help you raise you voice in protest so you can imagine the convictions of the women and men of the past working for woman’s suffrage. Many suffrage songs were crafted from the popular songs of the day. One advantage of this was that suffragists could sing the songs together immediately, since they already knew the melody and only needed the new words. Then they could sing them at meetings, conventions and demonstrations in efforts to convince others. These songs are the statement of the people, the story of their struggles and of their courage. When we sing them together now, we remember and honor those who went before us, leading the way in voting rights. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy McGrath uses an 1870’s guitar, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program that encourages audience participation. She first performed this program in 2004 for the Genesee Country Village & Museum. It seems perfect to offer this program again for the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “THE HEART OF AMERICAN MUSIC” 19th century songs of our heritage History,
Music,
Other
Based on research done for music for the Genesee Country Village & Museum with Flint Hill Folk, Cathy McGrath presents a program of nineteenth century heritage music in authentic period dress and with instruments appropriate to the era. The audience is encouraged to participate by singing their hearts out! Songs are chosen from two books which were collections compiled from thousands of people who sent in their favorite songs of the previous century. From Heart Songs (1909): “Each song recalls to the individual reader some tender, sad, joyous or martial association.” From Songs That Never Grow Old (1903): “A collection of old-time songs that have long been tried and forever loved.” Songs of all sorts of categories are presented - love, home, Erie Canal, historic, patriotic, dancing, popular and folk songs - and represent a valuable gauge to the popular taste in music at that time. These melodies are part of our collective past, yet still resonate today. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy uses an 1870’s guitar, limberjack puppets, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Wemett, Lisa Highlights of the Hudson Valley History,
Media- Photography,
Museums
In 1609, voyager Henry Hudson sailed up the great river that would later bear his name. Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee have explored both the Upper and Lower Hudson Valley, from the homes of the artists that established the Hudson River School to today’s contemporary art centers. Whether it’s presidential history you crave, gourmet dining, picturesque mountain views, or rail trail adventures, this region of New York State is a destination you will want to visit again and again.
$101- $200
Fathi, Saul Silas Author/Lecturer History,
Literature- Poetry,
Science
I am an author/lecturer, with specialty in 7 topics: History of Islam and the Middle East Jewish Life in Arab countries Current International Affairs Cosmology:The Big Bang, Black holes and UFO's Saladin and the crusades www.saulsilasfathi.com (lectured at 140 Organizations) fathi@optonline.net
$201- $350
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