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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Davis, Lydia Adams Songfest! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This family concert blends improvisation, story telling and song. A mix of original ballads by Lydia Adams Davis and other great songwriters, comedic eco-puppets and familiar standards bring a diverse audience in the door to sing, laugh and share memories.
$201- $350
Lipscomb, Rhonda Ella & Frank: A Tribute History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Extraordinary solo vocalists Rhonda Denét and Steve Kazlauskas team up for a show that brings audiences back to when these two legends in American music, Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra, brought audiences to their feet. This showcase features the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, George & Ira Gershwin and several other composers included in the Great American Songbook. Rhonda and Steve not only sing songs that were signature tunes for each artist, but also recreate the duets that were only performed for television specials and live stage shows.
$351- $500
Raabe, Kim Privler Earth Songs Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Another Summer Reading Program show that was too good not to keep as a year-round show. Earth Songs was originally designed to blend and enhance Summer Reading Program’s One World - Many Stories 2011 theme. Mama Pajama and friends will captivate young audiences as they explore songs and stories from our country and lands from every continent of the globe. Kids will discover culture, diversity and traditions leaving them smiling and wanting more! The songs and book selections in this jam-packed show are wonderful visual aids that help to give a glimpse into our world’s uniqueness and similarities and celebrate the vast culture, diversity, and traditions that our world has to offer. Humanity is brought to the forefront and positive messages about how music, reading, and imagination will offer endless possibilities for their very own explorations.
$351- $500
Connolly, Carol World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hola! Bonjour! Konnichiwa! Grab your boarding passes and travel around the world with the award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes. This sing-along, clap-along, highly interactive program will take us to many countries. Through folk tales and multicultural songs from around the globe, young readers will explore our cultural diversity while celebrating the common bonds we share with our neighbors throughout the world. It’s an exciting, lively and fun musical story event that encourages kids and their families to participate both from their seats and on stage. Before we say “Adios!” “Au Revoir!” and “Ciao!” they’ll want to learn more, at the library, about this world of ours. Fasten your seat belts!
$201- $350
Neiman, Oren Isra-Alien Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A high-energy acoustic guitar duo, merging Mediterranean-Gypsy music with Jazz mentality and Rock attitude. Isra-Alien is a band with innovative compositions and imaginative arrangements - deeply rooted in Israel's diverse musical traditions. The result is a unique fusing of a myriad of musical traditions (Greek, Balkan, Eastern-European, and Jewish/Klezmer), with daring improvisations and inventive textures, showcasing both guitarists’ musical worlds. Humor and a penchant for improvisation and storytelling open up the duo’s instrumental pieces, engaging live audiences and amplifying the unique experience of seeing Isra-Alien live. for more info see www.israalien.com
$501- $1000
Carpenter, Margot Do We Want to Be Like Music? Multicultural- Other,
Music
Why do we care for music so much that we want to sing or dance? Does a good melody do what we want to do? Yes, say Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy, and in this workshop they'll show what Aesthetic Reaism teaches: Music puts opposites together, opposites that we want to put together in our lives! Notes rise and fall, are separate and together. A melody is both energetic and gentle, harsh and sweet. Aren't these same opposites ones we have and want to make sense of? Eli Siegel, the founder of the education Aesthetic Realism, stated in this principle: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." Through demonstrations with flute and drum, children will have the thrill of hearing how these two instruments, so different from each other, work together, add to each other! Do we want to be like those wonderful instruments and like notes in a song, which add to each other to make a beautiful meldoy? Do we want to add to all other people and to be added to by them?
$101- $200
Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! In keeping with the 2016 fitness theme Health & Fitness- Sports,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids and their families. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 family programs during the summer reading season of 2015, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a drum machine. His 2016 program, 'Take a Tromp Through the Swamp!', is designed with the 'On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!' theme in mind. He travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works nicely outside, too. He can be booked for $295/275 with no mileage fee- please see below for details. Dozens of librarian references are available upon request. 'Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!' - Nicole Carner, Library Director, Pember Library, Granville 'Tom is masterful both as a musician and in how he relates to his audience... his sense of humor and sheer fun shines throughout it all. He is a winner every time!' Mary Gleason, Children's Librarian, Irondequoit Library
$201- $350
Roethel, Glen Music Between the Pages Literature- Other,
Media- Other,
Music
Soft acoustic guitar and vocals, situated somewhere between periodicals and reference... You can choose the location, but that's where Glen first experimented with this pleasant, new musical enhancement to the quiet library sanctuary. The library patrons loved it!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - FREEDOM TRAIN History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Harriet Tubman, the intrepid conductor of the Underground Railroad, comes to life in an extraordinary production, with traditional music of the period. One of Theatreworks' biggest hits!
$1001- $3000
Lawrence, Arwen The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Mexican Music, Dance and Storytelling For 14 years the music ensemble Cascada de Flores has served as ambassadors of Mexican and Caribbean music and dance. Their family programming uses traditional music, storytelling and dance to weave together cultural lessons into bilingual and highly participatory programs. They reach over 75,000 youth in schools, libraries, and cultural centers throughout the West, and are featured in Californian venues such as Montalvo Arts Center and the Lobero Theater. El Árbol explores Mexican folk music, exploding with rhyme, fun musical instruments and sweet characters. In a bilingual weave that entices participation, the duet tells the story of a lonely tree and a donkey who loves to sing. Their communication is the percussive dance of the tree and the rhythms of the donkey jaw bone. Their music attracts the birds, the animals and one human: abuelito. The life cycle turns and with the donkey’s jaw bone and the wood of the tree abuelito makes musical instruments; the dance of his townsfolk becomes the heartbeat of the tree. Children and their families are invited to sing, dance and play. Program loved by ages. Duet or Trío (larger venues) “Now I’m glad I’m Mexican.” -Elementary Student, Richmond, CA
$501- $1000
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