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June 9: Storytelling at Andersen Statue, Central Park! Celebrating 62 years of storytelling at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue, programs will occur every Saturday morning from 11:00 AM until noon all summer and will feature a wide range of dynamic storytellers. Bill will tell tales on Saturday, June 9 accompanying himself on banjo with a program that includes the Swedish folktale "The Tale of Salt on a Magpie's Tail". Other Scandinavian tales will fill out the program that will be introduced by Mia Shelton who will tell "Little Red Riding Hood". The concert takes place at the statue in Central Park at 11:00 AM and can be reached by entering Central Park at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. It is a FREE event.

April 7: Banjo and Poetry. Bill will open Wild Concerns, a book party and reading, with some original and traditional songs accompanied by Mike Lawrence. Then the poets, Karen Neuberg and Katrinka Moore will each read from their new collections. Karen will read from the elephants are asking and Katrinka from her new volume Wayfarers. Bill accompanies the final poem on his mountain fretless banjo. The event is at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 7th at Poets House, 10 River Terrace, Battery Park, NYC. Free.

Feb 3. Very Young Composers Showcase at David Geffen Hall. VYC founder Jon Deak and co-producer/narrator Bill Gordh will present works by 3 Very Young Composers (VYC) created especially for the showcase that precedes the 2:00 PM New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC). The YPC entitled "An African-American Lineage" will include traditional, Ellington and new music from the Very Young Composers' program. The VYC Showcase will present 3 new works inspired by this theme. The composers are Eliza Gifford-Powell, Kyler Simon and Lieff Kapilian and the 5 piece ensemble performing the works include members of the New York Philharmonic. The showcase begins at 1:10 PM and is free for those with YPC tickets. The showcase takes place in David Geffen Hall.

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.

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.

 

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June 24: Colors of Kindness. On Sunday morning, June 24 at 10:30 AM Bill will lead a family service he designed especially for Union Chapel in the Grove on Shelter Island. This will mark his third annual family service. The first focused on Hope inspired by the stain glass windows in the church. Last summer the service was entitled "The Wisdom of the Heart". This year will focus on the power of kindness and how colors can support its expression. These services bring together the telling of world folk tales and Bible stories, the singing of songs and a variety of readings including poetry, proverbs from around the world and passages from the Bible with the notion that all of these can help us come to a clearer understanding of the theme. Each year Bill composes a new song specifically for the service. The service is open to the public.

 

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