April 9: Work with B'Nai Jeshurun Youth Worship Leaders Continues. Bill is working with the youth leaders of the family worship services on developing stories and ways of telling them.
March 21: "Got Sermon Talk" at Union Seminary. Reflecting on the events of The Last Supper and On the Road to Emmaus, Bill Gordh will lead an exploration of the use and crafting of stories to strengthen family worship. Stories offer a place to dwell for young and old alike and by enriching the dwelling, we can enhance the experience for all. This talk entitled "Working with Stories" is part of the "Got Sermon" Lecture series sponsored by Union Seminary created for ministers and others interested in enriching their services and will be presented at 8:00 AM at the seminary.
April 13: KIDZONE Live at Avery Fisher Hall. Bill and Jon Deak will co-host The Very Young Composers at Instrument Villege: Back from Spain; Time for a Fiesta! This performance will feature new compositions by the Very Young Composers Andre Alexander, Austin Celestin, Harry Shmerler, Aline Marrero, Luna Rodriquez and Carol Sifuentes. They are part of the Bridge program created by Jon Deak. The pieces will be performed by members of the New York Philharmonic. The compositions will reflect themes that will be explored further in the Young Peoples Concert which immediately follow the Kidzone Live.
March 9 & 10: DiMenna Children's History Museum Bill will bring a program of folktales from around the world about birds to accompany the new exhibition of selections from the Audubon Collection. The Gifts of Birds will include Native American Tales, stories from China, Africa, Russia and South America. Many of these stories tell of gifts from birds - "Raven Brings Back the Sun" (Tlinglit). "Sparrow Brings Back the Rain" (Canada) and others about special traits - "Why Heron and Crane Live Alone" (Russia), "How Cardinal Got Its Red Feathers" (Cherokee). Some popular songs of birds will also be performed. The performances will be at 2:00 PM at the DiMenna Children's History Museum which is part of the New York Historical Society. The entrance is on Central Park West at 77th Street.
Jan. 26: NY Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert: The Interactive musical world of Kidzone will once again precede the NY Philhamonic's Young Peoples Concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on Saturday, Jan 26. The Kidzone activities begin at 12:45 and go until the 2:00 concert. At the Instrument Village Stage, Jon Deak and Bill Gordh will host "The Very Young Composers in Instrument Village: Musical Postcards from and to Japan". Pieces composed by young composers from Japan will be screened. In response to these musical postcards, 6 of the Philharmonic's Young Composers Bridge program have composed new works that will be performed live. The Japanese composers are Akari Honda, Timothy Hung, Kotaro Kawanishi and Ayumu Morizawa. The NYC young composers are Calie Brooks, Bryce Collings, Jean Carlos Garcia, Nathaniel Gobern, Musa Jatta, Jr. and Ben Platt. For violin, bass, bassoon, clarinet, flute, alkto saxophone and piano - LIVE!
April 27: Tribeca Film Festival Family Day! Bill returns to the annual Tribeca Film Festival Family Day and will again host the family stage on Duane Street. He will be introducing the acts, keeping people aware of the other events on the block and telling stories. Bill's storytelling sets will be accompanied by the crack percussionist Justin Hines. The Family Day can be found on Greenwich Street in Tribeca and goes from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Bill will join his collaborator from the New York Philharmonic Jon Deak for a set of FanFares composed by the Very Young Composers on the Main Stage at 2:00 PM. They will all return to Duane Street for a second set. It should be another great day!