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June 30: Family Service on Shelter Island. For the June 30, 2019 Family Service at Union Chapel in the Grove, Bill Gordh has designed a program entitled Echoes of Caring. Through stories, songs and readings we will explore how acts of compassion and care continue reverberating through our lives and for others in the future. This is Bill's 4th annual service at the chapel. It begins at 10:30 AM, will be about an hour and is open for all. Light refreshments will follow service. Union Chapel is included in the National Registry of Historic Places.

June 15: Fishing in a Finnish Forest. Bill will be telling Scandinavian folk tales at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 AM - Noon. As always Bill will accompany the stories on the banjo, tales including "The Hungry Cat" (Norway), "Hildur, the Elf Queen" (Iceland) and "The Pig that was Unhappy with its Living Conditions". For the Finnish tale "Fishing" Bill will play the kantele, a 5-string instrument brought as a gift from its maker in Finland. Opening the program and making his debut at the Statue will be Aaron Mace, a fine storyteller who has been honing his craft in schools across Westchester. This marks the 63rd year of storytelling at the statue and is FREE!

May 21. Insights at the Atrium: New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers. Bill will join Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak for a special event at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway focused on this unique program. It will feature performances of works by 3 very young composers as well as audience participation in a series of activities led by teaching artist and percussionist Justin Hines. Bill will narrate and lead an interactive composing event within the presentation of An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town. VYCer Vivian Graham has composer a piece entitled No Walls about a day in Instrument Village when some new sounds come into town and how the instruments find new music. Artemy Mukhin, another VYC composer has created a piece about nighttime in the village. The audience will get to offer their own ideas for new sounds for the third piece in this adventure. There will also be a new work by VYCer Isai Rabiu. The pieces will be played by a quartet including Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion. The players include NY Philharmonic musicians and others who work with the program. This is a New York Philharmonic event at 7:30 on Tuesday, May 21 at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway = 61 West 62nd Street). One hour. FREE

May 11: An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town! As part of Saturday May 11th's New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC), two Very Young Composers will guide the way for an audience compositional creation. This will occur on the Grand Promenade as part of the pre-concert activities. Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer storyteller Bill Gordh will host new pieces composed by VYCers Vivian Graham and Artemy Mukhin. NY Philharmonic teaching artist Jacinta Clusellas has mentored the process for the two young composers. The story for which the composers have composed centers on life in Instrument Village where all the instruments of the orchestra live. In this adventure, new sounds come into the Village and the result is new music. Vivian will work with a daytime musical setting and Artemy a nocturnal one. Each composer has created a scale that the other must compose with for the part of their pieces that represents after the new sounds have arrived. They have composed for Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion that will be played by NY Phil teaching artists. Following these pieces, the audience will be asked to contribute new sounds for another day's adventure. The program will run twice beginning at 1:00 PM and admission is included with a YPC ticket.

April 13: Peter and the Wolf. The Fabri Chamber Concerts present a Young Peoples Concert featuring the much loved "Peter and the Wolf" narrated by Jon Deak. The program will also include a suite of Russian tales told by Bill Gordh with his banjo. A solo work for Bass (who also narrates) by Deak of The Hound of the Baskervilles featuring bassist Richard Frederickson will round out the bill. The ensemble features virtuoso wind players from the New York Philharmonic: Sherry Sylar (flute), Kim Laskowski (bassoon), Pascual Martinez-Fonseca (clarinet) and Allen Spanier (Horn). The performance will be at House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street. Tix. $25 - Adults, $10.00 - Children. 212.289-0399. 3:00 PM. Limited Seating.  



July 14: Edwards Colorado. Family Storytelling Concert. Bill returns to the Vail Valley for his annual residency and family concert July 8 - 14. During the week he will work with the teachers and students of the Gore Range Montessori School and on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM will be at The Backyard at Riverwalk in Edwards. He has been working with Gore Range and giving concerts for over a decade and is always delighted to return. During the first number of years in the valley, Bill collaborated with composer/bassist/VYC founder Jon Deak to create the Very Young Composers of Vail Valley program in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic and the Bravo Festival. The program continues. The Sunday morning hour long family concert will feature Bill with his banjo telling stories and singing songs. It's FREE!


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