Nov. 15: New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert. On Saturday, Nov 15 at 2:00 PM the New York Philharmonic will present it inaugural Young Peoples Concert of the season at Avery Fisher Hall. Super Sonic Music Box: "Melody Transformed" will take a look at how melody has been transformed by an exciting group of composers. As part of the pre-concert activities, Bill and Jon Deak will present "The YPC Overtures" at 1:10 on stage. For the overtures, two members of Deak's Very Young Composers program have completed new works transforming "Frere Jacques" and "My Country tis of Thee". Aaron Figg and Austin Celestin will be on stage to speak about their pieces that will be performed by an ensemble of New York Philharmonic players. Justin Hines will join Bill and Jon to co-host the event. The YPC Overtures will begin with a Fanfare composed by another very young composer, Molly Durawa.
Oct 5: Disney's "Bears" and Bill's Bear Stories. Following the screening of Disney's Bears at Noon on Sunday Oct. 5 at the Jacob Burns Film Center, the whole family will be treated to a short program of songs and stories about bears. Bill has selected a special group of folktales and songs celebrating the bear and as always will accompany himself on banjo. A Family Event.
Oct. 4: Manhattanville Early Childhood Conference. Bill will lead a workshop on Using Music, Movement and Storytelling to Support Mathematics in the early childhood classroom at this year's conference. Manhattanville College is sponsoring its 5th annual early childhood conference on Saturday Oct 4th on campus in the Castle from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. It is entitled "Math, Science and the Common Core... Oh My!" and the keynote will be offered by Dr. Jacqueline Brennan Brooks.
September 13:Manhattanville College/Jacob Burns Film Center Literacy Symposium. From 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday Sept. 13, Manhattanville College will host its first collaborative literacy symposium with the Jacob Burns Film Center. The Age of Image: Media Education and Visual Literacy in Today's Classroom will feature the Burns Center founder Steve Apkon presenting the keynote drawn from his work at Burns and his book The Age of the Image. Workshops will follow designed and led by collaborative teams from the faculties of the Manhattanville Literacy Department and Jacob Burns Film Center. Bill is working with department chair Kristin Rainville for a workshop designed for early childhood. The symposium takes place in The Castle on Manhattanville's campus. Registration is on-line or at the event.
September 6: The Very Young Composers at Symphony Space. The New York Chamber Music Festival and the Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic present a benefit concert to aid children of the Middle East. 6 young composers in Jon Deak's Very Young Composers Program will be presenting their compositions at Symphony Space at 95th and Broadway on Saturday, September 6 at 2:00 PM. Bill will join Jon and the young composers to share a couple of folktales from the Middle East - one from the Islamic tradition and another from the Jewish. The concert will be conducted by Michael Adelson and features musicians from the New York Philharmonic and violinist Elmira Darvarova with special guest soprano Lucy Shelton. Donations encouraged.
Dec. 16: The Seven Towers of Wonder: Volume 4: Faith. Once again Possum and Raccoon set out on a story-finding adventure. This time they are searching for tales that will help them understand faith. Once found they will build a seven story tower celebrating their discoveries. They find folktales from many places including the Arctic, Africa, England and Russia. The collection is ready! The first three volumes - Courage, Hope and Justice - are available as well. Bill Gordh is the author of these beautiful books and they are masterfully illustrated by John Hutton. The series is published by Thornwillow Press that was founded by Luke Pontifell. The books are offset and available in paper as well as half-leather. Storytelling performances of selections from the volumes are being planned for 2015.