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Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
Clive, Young, The History of Rock Concerts History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Clive Young has been a concert industry journalist for more than 15 years, so The History of Rock Concerts offers an insider’s view of how rock concerts grew from Elvis performing in hayfields to the multi-million-dollar spectacles that the Rolling Stones and Madonna present today. Weaving facts, humorous anecdotes, video and PowerPoint together, this program highlights how concerts, like rock music, have always changed to reflect the times.

Special attention is paid to

  • The Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium
  • Woodstock and its tragic sequel, Woodstock 1999
  • The epic charity event, Live Aid
  • The first rock concert
  • The top 10 biggest music events ever
  • How MTV influenced the modern rock show
  • Why tickets cost so much today
  • How a show is produced
  • Hearing protection tips

    As an added bonus, concert earplugs and hearing conservation pamphlets are provided free for all attendees to take home.

    EXCLUSIVE: While this program features considerable performance footage, The History of Rock Concerts features two video documentaries that are exclusive to this program, showing life behind-the-scenes on recent tours by Fleetwood Mac and The Who. These films can not be seen anywhere else!

  • $201- $350
    Reynolds, Jackie Science & Educational Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
    Performing Arts- Puppetry,
    Science
    Chemical engineer to clown? Yes, that's her career path... The true story as Jackie Reynolds (Bee Bee the Clown and/or Jackie the Magician) brings science to summer reading. Imagine the possibilities! She encourages kids to understand the magic of the world with a science explanation. This interactive magic show is also a great example for young people of an unconventional career path with lots of cool magic effects using real world objects.
    $201- $350
    Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Golden Gates - Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Company (15) Multicultural- Other,
    Music,
    Performing Arts- Dance
    Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.
    $501- $1000
    Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook History,
    Music,
    Performing Arts- Other
    Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn offers a series of programs exploring the vast wealth of the 20th century's Great American Popular Songbook. Whether rollicking through a Cole Porter patter song, poignantly crooning a Henry Mancini ballad or picking up the pace with Sadaka, Manilow or Billy Joel, Mitch's exquisite musical arrangements and superb vocal delivery are guaranteed to keep audiences entranced. Interspersed with history and anecdotes about the songs and their composers, these shows are appropriate for audiences aged young adult through senior (and sing-a-long is part of the fun). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
    $351- $500
    Fultz, Dave Gravitational Bull Juggling Show Performing Arts- Clowning,
    Performing Arts- Magic,
    Performing Arts- Juggling
    Western New York Juggler Dave Fultz and his son Kyle deliver a very eclectic and entertaining show that is wonderful for schools, churches, block parties or any type of family fun event. Juggling, comedy, magic, storytelling, balloon sculpture and audience participation are all part of this fun filled demonstration. Dave has performed on stage multiple times with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and also appeared in the American Academy of Ballet's adaptation of the Nutcracker. Kyle and his partners came in second in the Buffalo's got Talent Contest sponsored by radio station 103 THE EDGE. Balls, clubs, rings, devil sticks, diabolo, rubber chickens, plungers, and, in appropriate settings even knives and flaming torches will fill the air in this 40 – 60 minute show. So whether you are amused or amazed, stand back because we’re throwing stuff around!
    $201- $350
    Sommerstad, Patricia NY, NY: Urban Gems to Explore Museums,
    Performing Arts- Other
    What makes New York City so exciting, so alluring? No matter how many times you visit, or even if you’ve lived there for a lifetime, New York City’s five boroughs provide a never-ending source of new discoveries. In a city of over 8 million people, 200 nationalities, hundreds of museums, parks and historic sites, and thousands of restaurants, the possibilities for surprise and delight are endless! We’ll explore in-depth several favorites from a new perspective and discover new, exciting and often underappreciated urban gems. And, of course, wherever we “go”, we’ll find the best foods and places to eat. You’ll leave with comprehensive handouts and most likely a prize or two! Power-point presentation.
    $201- $350
    TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices Productions' WITHIN THE SILENCE History,
    Media- Video,
    Performing Arts- Theater
    A moving, personal view of the Japanese-American internment during World War II. A poignant illustration of life in the camps that points to the dangers of racism and prejudice.
    $501- $1000
    Goldin, Amy Careers and the Arts Music,
    Performing Arts- Theater,
    Performing Arts- Other
    I offer an interactive workshop for students and parents on the training and career options in the arts. We explore data and careers and ways in which students who love the arts can craft creative career paths. This workshop is appropriate for students in high school and beyond.
    $101- $200
    Miller, Paul Read Yourself Silly Performing Arts- Magic,
    Performing Arts- Juggling
    Paul tells the story of how a trip to the circus inspired him to visit his library to learn more about juggling which led to balloons, magic, and the history of the circus. Throughout the performance he models how learning through books can be fun and often times you find things you didn't even know you were interested in! It is an engaging show for all ages (adults laugh as much as the kids!) with lots of audience participation.
    $351- $500
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