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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
Revels-Bey, Napoleon Walkin My Baby Back Home History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
The historical Jazz legacy, the truly American art form a music that was created from the giants that lived on the earth, a program that speaks of life’s love, passion and pain, we present some of its innovative stories know and unknown from singers that trace the nations birth of the blues and still blue today! This program is in dedication to Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughn, and Betty Carter.
$3001+
!, briz FREEDOM STAIRWAY (Travels on the Human Highway) National Tour History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
The Freedom Stairway saga is based on the Slave Narratives conducted by our government in the 1930's. I have already performed Freedom at a number of schools and libraries. My Freedom songs portray the sacrifices and hardships that slaves endured to reach freedom via the Underground Railroad. The Freedom songs are sung to a multi-media backdrop, including beautiful black and white period photos provided by the Library of Congress to enhance the experience. In addition, I also include short narratives between songs and display African instruments from that troubled time in our nation's history. Plans are currently underway to bring this entertaining and informative program to the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Don't miss out on the chance to include this wonderful program in your schedule this year.
$201- $350
Cruise, Jim Spoon Man Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Other
The Spoon Man wants to spoon you. He is an interactive musical family comedian. In 1986, he performed to Mikhail Gorbachev while in Russia. He also performed for former U.S. President Gerald Ford and Mr. Rogers. His totally clean act (never uses dirty silverware) with audience participation is ideal for libraries. The first thing your patrons will do after seeing his performance, is run to the kitchen and grab a pair of spoons. He also offers for tweens, teens and adults a BYOS (bring your own spoons) workshop. His book Spoon Boy was published in 2008. Read about his book on his website. COLORED posters are provided for advertising your event. Cruise invites you to join his growing list of the Spooned.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley The Great American Songbook - Post Golden Age History,
Media- Other,
Music
The Great American Songbook - Post Golden Age Much of the music written between 1959 and 1970 is etched into our hearts and minds in a nostalgic way. Baby boomers and their parents remember the theme songs from many Hollywood films, such as The Shadow Of Your Smile, A Man and A Woman, Alfie, The Summer Of 42 (The Summer Knows), Moon River.
$351- $500
Hill Brothers, The Across New York State History,
Music
This program focuses on music and folklore from New York State's history with a special emphasis on the Erie Canal. The Hill Brothers use humor, great songs from the period and lots of audience participation in this fun-filled musical trip across the state. Perfectly complements 4th and 7th grade New York State social studies curriculum, yet fun enough for all grades to enjoy.
$501- $1000
Costanzo, Jerry Jerry Costanzo & The Great American Song Book Music
Jazz/ swing/ big band/ tribute Jerry Costanzo Dedicated to the preservation of this true American art form, Jerry Costanzo is considered one of the best and busiest singer/bandleaders on the scene today. Jerry has gained popularity among connoisseurs of this great music. He appeals to audiences young and old. His interpretations of timeless -American Standards- from the song writing greats will set the stage and carry listeners back to an era when this sultry and swinging music was the -Pop of the day.
$501- $1000
Durst, James JAMES DURST: Thinking Globally, Acting Vocally Multicultural- Other,
Music
Quietly touring the planet since 1965, James has performed for audiences of all ages in all 50 states and more than 200 cities in 45 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, in Russia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Korea, and most recently India (7x) and Israel (5x). He draws from a rich and ever-evolving repertoire of distinctive original and collected songs in more than 2 dozen languages that reflect a global perspective and underscore the sense of interconnectedness we share with all of life. James engages each disparate audience in a participatory journey distilled from his travels, musically monitoring the pulse of the human condition, bringing us closer to our world and each other. “A talented entertainer of no little range and versatility. His sometimes funny, more often poignant songs of other lands were always fascinating. Their ultimate message of peace and understanding left a warm impression of this delightful artist.” —Don Anderson, Winnipeg Free Press
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Story Laurie The Library is the Place for Me! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Story Laurie's love for libraries is infectious! Bask in Laurie’s frolicking style as she weaves tales of wonder and sings sunny songs about everything from home-grown tomatoes to turtles that fly, all the while delightfully reminding young and old that her favorite place to learn stories & songs (and just plain ol' hang out) is at the library! This program also features two Story Laurie tunes: the call-and-response “Come Along with Me” (to the library, that is!) and the “No Library Books in the Bathtub” waltz.
$201- $350
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