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.
Jan 10, 2015: Icelandic Tales at Scandinavia House. Bill will be sharing a program of folktales from Iceland entitled Hildur, Queen of the Elves and other Icelandic Tales at Scandinavia House on Saturday, Jan 10 at 11:00 AM. It will be an hour of trolls, elves, huldufˇlk (hidden people), and the folks they meet with Bill and his banjo. Scandinavia House is in New York City at 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets) and the program is at 11:00 AM. It is Free. This program was created to accompany the visual arts exhibition of Icelandic art entitled Iceland: Artists Respond to Place and was first presented last summer at The Katonah Art Museum. Jan 10 is the closing day of the art exhibition.
Dec. 16: The Seven Towers of Wonder: Volume 4: Faith. Once again Possum and Raccoon set out on a story-finding adventure. This time they are searching for tales that will help them understand faith. Once found they will build a seven story tower celebrating their discoveries. They find folktales from many places including the Arctic, Africa, England and Russia. The collection is ready! The first three volumes - Courage, Hope and Justice - are available as well. Bill Gordh is the author of these beautiful books and they are masterfully illustrated by John Hutton. The series is published by Thornwillow Press that was founded by Luke Pontifell. The books are offset and available in paper as well as half-leather. Storytelling performances of selections from the volumes are being planned for 2015.
Nov. 15: New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert. On Saturday, Nov 15 at 2:00 PM the New York Philharmonic will present it inaugural Young Peoples Concert of the season at Avery Fisher Hall. Super Sonic Music Box: "Melody Transformed" will take a look at how melody has been transformed by an exciting group of composers. As part of the pre-concert activities, Bill and Jon Deak will present "The YPC Overtures" at 1:10 on stage. For the overtures, two members of Deak's Very Young Composers program have completed new works transforming "Frere Jacques" and "My Country tis of Thee". Aaron Figg and Austin Celestin will be on stage to speak about their pieces that will be performed by an ensemble of New York Philharmonic players. Justin Hines will join Bill and Jon to co-host the event. The YPC Overtures will begin with a Fanfare composed by another very young composer, Molly Durawa.
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!