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Zimmermann, Linda Mysterious Stone Sites History,
Science
There are mysterious stone chambers, walls, and perched boulders in the Northeast that may be ancient ceremonial sites with astronomical alignments. Were they built by Native Americans or pre-Columbian voyagers from Europe?
$201- $350
Fiske, David The Black America Show: The Plantation Comes to Brooklyn History,
Multicultural- Other
After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.
Up to $100
McGrath, Cathy CELTIC CONCERT “A CUP OF TEA with Cuisle Mo Chroí” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
The lyrical music of Cuisle Mo Chroí (pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) evokes the heart of Celtic music. Combine the soothing tones of three part vocal harmony with the delicate arpeggios of the Irish harp, calming flow of breath through the wooden flute and penny whistle, and the steady pulse of the bodhrán (Irish drum) and guitar to make this trio of women, “Cuisle Mo Chroí” one of the premier folk groups in the Rochester NY area. Expect to hear songs (some in the Irish language) that evoke images of Ireland, Scotland, castles, immigration, romance, as well as songs your grandmother taught you on St. Patrick’s Day, and a few lively tunes - reels, jigs, planxties and polkas. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US. They have appeared 9 times at the Rochester Irish Festival and are often found at Irish music sessions in the area. This program has been presented for the Irish American Cultural Institute and for many community concerts and libraries.
$501- $1000
Hopkins, Allen Songs of Irish Immigration History,
Music
Music drawing on the Irish experience, mainly as emigrants from Ireland and new settlers in America. Selections include songs of departure (Muirshin Durkin, Off to California), of immigrant experience in the US (Paddy On the Canal, Paddy Works On the Railway), discrimination and adjustment (No Irish Need Apply, When McGinnis Gets a Job). Familiar songs of the jukebox Irish canon (When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, My Wild Irish Rose) are used to highlight the assimilation of Irish immigrants and their nostalgia for the old country. Mixed in are Irish melodies of all eras, from O'Carolan harp tunes, dance jigs and reels, Irish rebel songs, and many sing-alongs. Accompaniment on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and concertina. Very suited for St. Patrick's Day season. Performed at New England Folk Festival, Hazard Library (Poplar Ridge NY), Wide Awake Club Library (Fillmore NY).
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen Annie & Al On the Erie Canal History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Storyteller Fran Carlisi-Paxson joins Allen Hopkins to re-enact Erie Canal days. Fran plays "Annie," a canal boat cook, while Allen is an itinerant 19th-cehtury musician. Fran recounts several "tall tales" from the canal tradition, while Allen sings songs collected from NY State sources, pertaining to the history and social life of the canal. Program is given in period costume, using antique instruments, and features dialog and byplay that outline some of the lesser-known historical facts of the canal era. The program takes a humorous perspective on many facets of 19th-century Erie Canal life. This program has been presented at Spencerport Canal Days, Livingston County Historical Museum, Greece Historical Society, and elsewhere.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Musical Traditions of Ireland & Other Celtic Lands History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The Bromkas have been performing concerts of traditional Celtic music as a duo for the past 25 years, gathering a rich and varied repertoire, and acquainting eager audiences with the traditions and mysteries found within that heritage. For the Celts, music and mythology are closely intertwined, with potent images evoked on the traditional instruments including fiddle, harp, hammered dulcimer, squeezeboxes, pennywhistle, bodhran (Irish frame drum.) Of special interest are John’s collection of different bagpipes, representing several Celtic traditions. To complement the Irish, the artists share favorite music within the Welsh, Manx, Breton, Scottish, and Galician Celtic traditions.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$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
Mischief, Merry PiraticalTreasures & Trinkets Show! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Yaaaaarrrr Mateys! Welcome aboard a couple of PIRATES to teach you about the sea, pirates, sailing and historical figures! Stories told in music and poems about Sailing, Pirates, and Literature Treasures in your library! Song and poetry performed for you by PIRATES! Learn about shanties, sea life and lore. This is a fun show for the whole family from Merlyn & Harry who come dressed as PIRATES! And you should dress up like Pirates to, and come aboard!!
$201- $350
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Balalaika and Piano Duo History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An acclaimed virtuoso in his native Russia, Yuri Shishkin now brings to American audiences the magical sounds of the balalaika, a three-stringed triangular instrument considered the national instrument of Russia. Trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mr. Shishkin and his piano accompanist, Yulia Sydykbaeva, command an extensive repertoire that ranges from Russian and Eastern European folk to classical and contemporary compositions. With amazing versatility on this mysterious, alluring instrument, Yuri Shishkin will uplift audiences past their reserved inhibitions and onto their toe-tapping feet!
$501- $1000
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