March 22 - 24: Kansas City. Bill will be visiting St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City for a range of activities. He will lead workshops for teachers on "Building Literacy Skills in the Early Childhood Classroom with Storytelling" and another on "Crafting and Sharing Stories for Children Chapels". He will also confer on strengthening the chapel programs in the school. To round out the visit, Bill will lead unique storytelling classes for each of the school's Toddler, Pre-School, Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grades. It should be fun.
March 15 - 21: Innova Schools, Lima, Peru. Bill is returning to Lima to work as Curricular Storytelling Consultant for the Early Childhood Program at the Innova Schools. He will be visiting the schools and working with colleagues from Innova and the University of California - Berkeley. The work will continue in Berkeley in June.
March 7: Storytelling at Hudson Eats. Bill with his banjo performs an hour's worth of interactive stories on Saturday, March 7 at Noon at Hudson Eats in Battery Park. Hudson Eats is part of the new Brookfield Place that is presenting live programs for children and their families every Saturday at 11:00 AM and Noon from Feb. 7 to March 14th. All the programs are FREE!
Feb. 21: Silk Road Ensemble and New York Philharmonic. On Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 PM the New York Philharmonic will present its third program of the season of the renowned Young Peoples Concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Super Sonic Music Box: "Orchestra Transformed" will take a listen to how an orchestra can change with very special guests The Silk Road Ensemble. Before the concert, Bill and Jon Deak will host "The YPC Overtures" at 1:10 on stage. For this pre-concert concert three very young composers have composed for two unique small ensembles, one made up of players from the NY Philharmonic and the other trio from the Silk Road Ensemble. The composers are Andre Alexander, Ming-Xing Hawkins and Saevar Rodine. Their pieces will be played by Yoobin Son on flute, Eric Bartlett on cello, Justin Hines on percussion, Kojiro Umezaki on Shakuhachi, Wu Man on Pipa and Mark Suter on doumbek. It promises to be a unique experience of East and West meeting with music.
Jan. 24: NY Philharmonic's Young Peoples' Concert. On Saturday, January 24 at 2:00 PM the New York Philharmonic will present its second program of the season of the renowned Young Peoples Concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Super Sonic Music Box: "New York Transformed" will take a look at how the city has been interpreted musically by an exciting group of composers including Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington. Before the concert begins, Bill and Jon Deak will present "The YPC Overtures" at 1:10 on stage. For this pre-concert concert three very young composers will present their own musical ideas of New York City. These composers are Isaia Rabiu, Mathew Taub and Mondriana Villegas and their pieces will be played by an ensemble of New York Philharmonic Musicians. The Overtures will also include a new audience participation piece evoking a New York City soundscape.
March 27: Audible Launches Bill Gordh Storytelling. The first batch of stories Bill recorded with Audible.com are now available. Bill recorded his original tellings of over 50 folktales from around the world in Audible's studios. Each story was recorded live with banjo accompaniment created especially for the tale. The stories run from 4 minutes to over a half-hour and run the gamut of themes and styles from hilarious to poignant. In total, there are 10 hours of stories. Check 'em out!