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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Linthwaite, Dara Rock the Library with a Teddy Bear's Picnic! Life Skills- Food,
Literature- Other,
Music
Invite the preschoolers of your library to bring their favorite Teddy Bear or other 'lovey' to this musical teddy Bear's Picnic! We'll be learning finger plays about hungry bears, participate with packing healthy pretend foods for a picnic, and rocking the library with songs about this "picnic time for Teddy Bears" as the song lyrics go! All music is live, performed by Miss Dara and the children, never pre-recorded.
$101- $200
M, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Be a Friend, Not a Bully Interactive Concert Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
In this interactive concert students will sing together and take on roles of characters showing empathy, compassion, caring, perseverance, friendship and bullying. Exercises will be used to demonstrate welcoming and unwelcoming body language. The music and performing will add some excitement and levity to a very real and current issue. Children will love being on stage. Singing together is a very powerful uniting force! All music is original and fully orchestrated. Cue cards are used to help students sing along.
$351- $500
String Band, Homegrown Songcatchers: The Evolution of the Music of Rural America History,
Music
Homegrown Two (consisting of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky, the grown part of the Homegrown String Band) is an acoustic Americana duo whose music celebrates the spirit of songcatchers and composers from Frances Child and Stephen Foster to Harry Smith and Bob Dylan. Their repertoire of traditional and original material is performed using a variety of acoustic intstruments including guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, doumbek, banjo ukulele, and harmonica. Like the wandering minstrels of yore, their music has taken them around the country from Maine to Missouri with performances at venues as diverse as the National Theatre in Washington DC and Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
$351- $500
Hoffman, Nan Sing A Story - Read A Song! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
With programs specially designed for libraries, Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading. Within that framework she offers presentations that focus on several different themes such as reading (SING A STORY-READ A SONG!), folk music (MORE THAN A SONG!), history (SINGING OUR HISTORY), and nature and the environment (SONGS FOR A LIVABLE LAND). Using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn Christmas & Holidays Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music
This program introduces songs and tunes from around the world to celebrate the holidays, Christmas and the New Year on a variety of folk and ethnic instruments, including acoustic guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, shruti, Native American style flute, ukelele, banjitar, hand held percussion, harmonica, Information may be shared about the history of unique instruments and/or the ethnic background of where it originates from. Audience participation is encouraged.
$201- $350
Grudko, Marian Antigone Music
Antigone by composer Marian Grudko “Antigone” is an electronic music composition created entirely using analog tape and analog sound generators, including a Steinway piano.  No computers were used in the process.  It is in a style loosely called organized sound, using some of the tape manipulating techniques originating in 1948, in the electronic music known as “musique concrète.” The composition is an emotionally charged, electronic representation of Sophocles’ play “Antigone,” part of the Oedipus trilogy. There is a brief, powerful part towards the end of the music which some fans refer to as the “Jimi Hendrix” section, to the delight of composer Marian Grudko who confirms that it is indeed an “homage.” “Antigone” is performed through a state-of-the-art sound system, and is offered in two formats: 1) an audio performance only, or 2) audio plus visual, using a screen and computer program that creates a colorful visual representation of the sounds generated by the composition. This program is recommended for adults and older children. A short synopsis of Sophocles’ “Antigone” will be presented by the composer before the music performance.
$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
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Everybody Says Hello Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This multilingual program is lively and entertaining, with stories sung, told in English with other languages, too—even drawn by audience children with big, colorful markers on a big poster you can keep. The program was nominated for a Mass. Cultural Council Gold Star Program Award. For starters, audience members share "hello" in languages they know. National Award-winning Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack leads the fun--Learn and sing a song in Japanese and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in Spanish. “Plant” cabbages the French way—with your nose, my leetle cabbage, mon petit chou, in a funny movement game/song that always makes you crack up! There's a wonderful tale of Paco's Wild Villa, told with bits of Spanish and drawn by children. We round it out with a charming dress-up story from Vietnam in feathers. Request Italian, too!
$351- $500
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