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Jan 6, 2018: Very Young Composer Showcase at Lincoln Center. Founder Jon Deak and co-producer Bill Gordh host 3 Very Young Composers who have composed new works in a program entitled New York Echoes. They will have their premiers at David Geffen Hall on Saturday at 1:00 PM. This showcase will precede the 2:00 PM New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert (YPC). The composers, Aaron Tyutyunik (12), Roma McHugh (11) and Elizabeth Harris (11) have each selected a piece by a favorite composer and used it as inspiration for a new work. These new pieces will be played by an ensemble of 5 musicians including members of the New York Philharmonic. The compositions were written for clarinet, oboe, cello, viola/violin and percussion. A fanfare Fanfaria Para NY was written especially for the showcase by VYC graduate from Venezuela, David Loyo Blanco. The showcase is free for holders of tix for the YPC.

Dec. 17: Live Storytelling on Audible's Story Party. Audible has just launched a new program of live storytelling for families call STORY PARTY. Each party is themed and features storytellers across the country recorded live and brought together for this special project. Each party is 35 - 45 minutes long and features 4 or 5 storytellers. Bill has a story on three of the eleven "parties". His stories were recorded live last summer at his annual family concert in Edwards, Colorado sponsored by Gore Range Montessori. More than 50 folktales recorded by Bill with his banjo can be found on Audible.

Nov. 11: Very Young Composers and Bernstein. On Saturday at 1:10, four Very Young Composers (VYC) will premier 3 new works in the pre-Young Peoples Concert showcase on stage at David Geffen Hall. The Young Peoples Concert (YPC) at 2:00 PM will explore the many facets of the career of the great Leonard Bernstein and as always the showcase works with the YPC theme. Very Young Composer Edgar Jaen (12 years old) has written a new piece inspired by the first two movements of the Jeremiah Symphony (the second movement Profanation will be performed during the YPC). Suvani Weerakkody (Age - 12) was inspired by the jazzy Masque from Bernstein's Symphony, The Age of Anxiety to compose her new work. In honor of Bernstein's Broadway songwriting collaborations, Daniela Sarantis (15) has composed a new song with lyrics by Nolan Shaffer (13).Co-producers Jon Deak (Founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh will host the event. The young composers were mentored by composer/teaching artist Trevor Bumgarner. The showcase occurs on the main stage and is included with a YPC admission.

Sept. 16: Storytelling Tour of Akin Free Library. The Akin Free Library in Pawling New York was built in the first decade of the 20th Century and is a stone Victorian structure standing on Quaker Hill. It is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and houses a curious and diverse group of collections including old tools used in Dutchess County, a giant python skin, a a water buffalo head, butterfly collection, stuffed birds and spinning wheels. Bill will lead a storytelling tour through the collection, offering folktales from around the world to accompany the viewing of the objects. Come hear stories from Bali, Iceland, Japan, American Indian, Brazil, Finland, African American and more as you examine the many objects on display. The stories will be accompanied by banjo of course. The tours are at Noon and 3:00 and will last about an hour. The event is FREE.

August 1 - 5, 2017: Return to Innova Schools in Lima, Peru. After working with 200 early childhood educators in Lima last August, Bill returns to the Innova Schools to lead professional development in Storytelling with the teachers of English. From August 1 - 4, Bill will offer the teachers an immersion in the use of storytelling to build English comprehension and active use. The Peruvian teachers of English will learn to tell stories, lead story-making activities and energize their young students in the imaginative possibilities as they begin to learn a new language. Each of the 4 eight hour sessions will include folktales, songs, games and phonemic awareness activities that support the upcoming units of study in the Innova Programs. Bill's "Narrative Classroom" approach will be actively explored by the teachers and they will create content that is meaningful to them and their work. Bill first visited Lima and the Innova Schools in August 2014; the schools decided to incorporate storytelling for early childhood in all of their 35 schools. Business Insider named the Innova Schools one of the 13 most innovative schools in the world!



January 20, 2018: Storytelling at Scandinavia House. Bill returns to Scandinavia House for his annual family concert on the Morning of Saturday, Jan 20. The program entitled The Living Harp and other Scandinavia Folk Tales includes tales from Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. As always Bill will accompany himself on Banjo - except for the two tales from Finland. For The Raspberry Worm, he will play the kantele, a 5 string instrument that is native to and was made in Finland. For The Living Harp, Bill will be accompanied on cello by special guest, Wendy Law. This is their first collaboration! Scandinavia House is located at 58 Park Avenue (Between 37th and 38th Streets), NYC. The concert is one hour long and begins at 11:00. FREE.


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