Nov 8 & 9: New York Philharmonic Very Young Peoples Concert Bill has written the libretto to accompany Bach's "Orchestral Suite #2" that will be played at the first program of The Very Young Peoples Concerts' 2015- 2016 season. This is a series created by the New York Philharmonic for families with children from 3 - 6 years old and will be performed in Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street) at 12:30 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 8 and at 10:30 AM on Nov. 9. Treble and Bass is the focus of this concert and in Bill's story Philippe the Penguin meets his friends, Treble and Bass at Bach's Big House and has seven days of adventures, one for each of the 7 movements. Rebecca Young is the host of the program and features Mindy Kaufman on flute along with other members of the orchestra. Marion Schoevaert has created artwork to accompany the story. A very special event.
Sept. 24 - Nov. 7: Thornwillow Press at the Grolier Club. There is a special exhibition of printed matter from the Thornwillow Press in the 2nd floor gallery at the Grolier Club celebrating the 30th anniversary of Thornwillow. Included are a wide range of the beautiful printing work that Thornwillow is famous for including cards, libretti and books. A number of volumes from Thornwillow's largest book project to date The Seven Towers of Wonder can be seen on display as well. The seven volume series uses folktales from around the world to describe the seven virtues. Each volume is dedicated to one of the virtues and contains seven folktales. The tales were chosen and retold by Bill Gordh and lavishly illustrated by John Hutton. In each volume the folktales are collected by Possum and Raccoon, 2 very good friends who live in the Thornwillow Woods. Between stories the two travelers discuss the tales providing a model for parent-child discourse. Volume 5 was just completed in August and is now available along with Vols 1 - 4. The exhibition runs from September 24 - November 7 in the second floor gallery at the Grolier Club which can be found at 47 East 60th Street in Manhattan. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00.
Oct. 3: Manhattanville Early Childhood Conference. On Oct. 3, Manhattanville College will host its annual Early Childhood Conference. This year the event focuses on social studies. Titled "The Child, the Family and the Community: Integrating Social Studies and Literacy in the Early Classroom", participants will begin the morning with keynotes by Dr. Patricia Vardin and Dr. Katie Cunningham. Following the keynotes, an array of workshops will be offered. Bill will lead one entitled "Around the World with Stories" featuring world folktales and activities. Each workshop will be repeated. The conference takes place in the Castle on the Manhattanville campus in Purchase, NY. The event will run from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. For more info: Contact Dr. Patricia Vardin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 11, 12, 18: Kansas City. Bill will be traveling to Kansas City to work with St. Paul's Episcopal Day School. While there, Bill will be leading all-school chapels, storytelling classes with each of the early childhood groups and offering a Saturday morning workshop for teachers of St. Paul's and neighboring schools. This continues the work that began with Bill's visit to St. Paul's last March.
July 25th: Storytelling at Hans Christian Andersen Statue. Bill will be in Central Park on Saturday presenting a program entitled "Tales from the Land of Andersen". Bill will share a selection of wonderful folktales from Scandinavia including "The Hungry Wolf" from Denmark, "The Pig's Living Conditions" from Norway, "Salt on a Magpie's Tale" from Sweden, and "Two Pine Cones" from Finland. As always Bill will accompany himself on banjo. The storytelling will take place in front of the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, NYC. One should enter the park at 72nd and 5th Avenue. Saturday's program is part of the summer long schedule of exciting storytellers performing each Saturday from June through September. Storytelling at the Statue has continued for over 40 years and features the best of the area's many wonderful tale tellers. It will be a one hour program beginning at 11:00 AM. FREE.
Nov. 19 - 22: NAEYC Conference and Bim Bam Institute. Bill will travel down to Orlando, FL on Thursday, Nov. 19th to attend the annual NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Conference and offer a storytelling workshop. This is the major conference for educators of young children and attended by thousands of teachers. Upon return, Bill will participate in the first Bim Bam Institute: Storytelling through a Jewish Lens organized and hosted by B'nai Jeshurun at 257 West 88th. Bill will share a story during the opening of the Institute and then lead 2 workshops.