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June 30: Family Service on Shelter Island. For the June 30, 2019 Family Service at Union Chapel in the Grove, Bill Gordh has designed a program entitled Echoes of Caring. Through stories, songs and readings we will explore how acts of compassion and care continue reverberating through our lives and for others in the future. This is Bill's 4th annual service at the chapel. It begins at 10:30 AM, will be about an hour and is open for all. Light refreshments will follow service. Union Chapel is included in the National Registry of Historic Places.

June 15: Fishing in a Finnish Forest. Bill will be telling Scandinavian folk tales at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 AM - Noon. As always Bill will accompany the stories on the banjo, tales including "The Hungry Cat" (Norway), "Hildur, the Elf Queen" (Iceland) and "The Pig that was Unhappy with its Living Conditions". For the Finnish tale "Fishing" Bill will play the kantele, a 5-string instrument brought as a gift from its maker in Finland. Opening the program and making his debut at the Statue will be Aaron Mace, a fine storyteller who has been honing his craft in schools across Westchester. This marks the 63rd year of storytelling at the statue and is FREE!

May 21. Insights at the Atrium: New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers. Bill will join Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak for a special event at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway focused on this unique program. It will feature performances of works by 3 very young composers as well as audience participation in a series of activities led by teaching artist and percussionist Justin Hines. Bill will narrate and lead an interactive composing event within the presentation of An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town. VYCer Vivian Graham has composer a piece entitled No Walls about a day in Instrument Village when some new sounds come into town and how the instruments find new music. Artemy Mukhin, another VYC composer has created a piece about nighttime in the village. The audience will get to offer their own ideas for new sounds for the third piece in this adventure. There will also be a new work by VYCer Isai Rabiu. The pieces will be played by a quartet including Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion. The players include NY Philharmonic musicians and others who work with the program. This is a New York Philharmonic event at 7:30 on Tuesday, May 21 at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway = 61 West 62nd Street). One hour. FREE

May 11: An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town! As part of Saturday May 11th's New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC), two Very Young Composers will guide the way for an audience compositional creation. This will occur on the Grand Promenade as part of the pre-concert activities. Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer storyteller Bill Gordh will host new pieces composed by VYCers Vivian Graham and Artemy Mukhin. NY Philharmonic teaching artist Jacinta Clusellashas mentored the process for the two young composers. The story for which the composers have composed centers on life in Instrument Village where all the instruments of the orchestra live. In this adventure, new sounds come into the Village and the result is new music. Vivian will work with a daytime musical setting and Artemy a nocturnal one. Each composer has created a scale that the other must compose with for the part of their pieces that represents after the new sounds have arrived. They have composed for Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion that will be played by NY Phil teaching artists. Following these pieces, the audience will be asked to contribute new sounds for another day's adventure. The program will run twice beginning at 1:00 PM and admission is included with a YPC ticket.

April 13: Peter and the Wolf. The Fabri Chamber Concerts present a Young Peoples Concert featuring the much loved "Peter and the Wolf" narrated by Jon Deak. The program will also include a suite of Russian tales told by Bill Gordh with his banjo. A solo work for Bass (who also narrates) by Deak of The Hound of the Baskervilles featuring bassist Richard Frederickson will round out the bill. The ensemble features virtuoso wind players from the New York Philharmonic: Sherry Sylar (flute), Kim Laskowski (bassoon), Pascual Martinez-Fonseca (clarinet) and Allen Spanier (Horn). The performance will be at House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street. Tix. $25 - Adults, $10.00 - Children. 212.289-0399. 3:00 PM. Limited Seating.  

March 2: Lincoln Center: VYC on the Mezzanine. For the Pre-Concert Interactive Program for the March 2 New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concert, Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer Bill Gordh have invited two young composers to create new works to inspire the audience to collaborate on a new composition. To the Top of the Mountain presents a quartet of instruments (Flute, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion) trying to complete the 3 track challenge. Each of the composers, Michael Rodriquez and Alexander Rothschild-Douaihy has composed a piece of the quartet trying to get past three sonic obstacles and make it to the top. To add to the excitement, Michael had created one of the obstacles for Alexander and vice versa. The two trips up the mountain will provide a model for the audience to compose the third trip. An exciting and unique composing adventure! Admission included with Young Persons Concert ticket.

Feb 9: Scandinavia House. Bill will bring his banjo, as well as the 5-string kantele to accompany his telling of Scandinavian Tales for his annual family concert at Scandinavia House. Titled Lore from the Fjords, Bill shares a variety of marvelous tales from the mainland Scandinavian countries as well as Iceland. The hour long program will include "Ole and the Magpie" (Sweden), "The Raspberry Worm" (Finland), "The Merman's Mitten" (Norway) and "The Elf Woman's Gift" (Iceland). The hour-long concert begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Feb 9th at 58 Park Ave, NYC. FREE

Feb. 2: The New York Society Library. Bill will be telling stories at the Open House for the New York Society Library on Saturday, Feb. 2. There will be programs at 2:15, 3:00 and 3:45. Hands on craft making will also be available throughout the afternoon. The library, founded in 1754 is the oldest cultural institution in New York City. It is now located at 53 East 79th Street (near Madison). The Open House runs from 2:00 - 5:00. It is FREE to the public. Family Fun Day 2019

Jan. 12, 2019: VYC on the Mezzanine! Very Young Composers' founder Jon Deak and co-producer Bill Gordh bring their pre-Young Peoples Concert (YPC) event out onto the mezzanine at David Geffen Hall to give the guests a close up meeting with very young composer Tristan Hu. The audience will also have a chance to help compose a new piece inspired by Tristan's composition. He has created a new musical work based on a folktale from Cyprus entitled "Run!". The piece will be played by a New York Philharmonic ensemble of Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet and Percussion. As always, the pre-concert event aims to engage the audience with themes that will be explored in the YPC when sections of Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen will be played. The pre-concert events are included in the admission to the Young Peoples Concert. The event begins at 1:00, the YPC at 2:00 and the entire program is completed around 3:00 PM.

Dec 2. GatherNYC. On Sunday, Dec. 2 the internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine will play a work Personas by David "Doc" Wallace at GatherNYC. It will be narrated by Bill Gordh. The series of Mindful Musical Mornings takes place on Sundays showcasing amazing musicians in the intimate theater Subculture at 45 Bleecker Street, NYC. The hour long program includes a few minutes of silence and often a storyteller. The event takes place at 11:00 AM. $20.

Nov 17. Very Young Composers at Lincoln Center. On Saturday, Nov. 17 Founder/Producer Jon Deak and Co-producer Bill Gordh will present the opening round of the Very Young Composer (VYC) Showcases that precede the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert at David Geffen Hall. The showcase presents new work by 3 very young composers inspired by the theme of the YPC. Instruments A'Spinnin': A Dizzying Adventure with the Very Young Composers features pieces by Allesandra Gallo, Alexi Pravich and Mack Scocca-Ho. The pieces will be played by a 5-piece ensemble including members of the NY Philharmonic and include Anna Urrey on flute, Pascual Martinez on clarinet, Howard Wall on French horn, Peter Kenote on Viola and Alexei Gonzales on Cello. The performance begins at 1:00 PM preceding the 2:00 YPC and is included as part of that admission.

July 8: Family Concert in the Rockies. Bill returns to Colorado for his annual residency with the Gore Range Montessori School and family concert. The concert is open to the public and will take place on Sunday morning, July 8 at 11:00 AM. Bill will perform at The Backyard at Riverwalk in Edwards, CO. The event is FREE and the hour long program will include stories and songs accompanied by banjo, of course.

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.

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.

Dec. 17: Live Storytelling on Audible's Story Party. Audible has just launched a new program of live storytelling for families call STORY PARTY. Each party is themed and features storytellers across the country recorded live and brought together for this special project. Each party is 35 - 45 minutes long and features 4 or 5 storytellers. Bill has a story on three of the eleven "parties". His stories were recorded live last summer at his annual family concert in Edwards, Colorado sponsored by Gore Range Montessori. More than 50 folktales recorded by Bill with his banjo can be found on Audible.

Nov. 11: Very Young Composers and Bernstein. On Saturday at 1:10, four Very Young Composers (VYC) will premier 3 new works in the pre-Young Peoples Concert showcase on stage at David Geffen Hall. The Young Peoples Concert (YPC) at 2:00 PM will explore the many facets of the career of the great Leonard Bernstein and as always the showcase works with the YPC theme. Very Young Composer Edgar Jaen (12 years old) has written a new piece inspired by the first two movements of the Jeremiah Symphony (the second movement Profanation will be performed during the YPC). Suvani Weerakkody (Age - 12) was inspired by the jazzy Masque from Bernstein's Symphony, The Age of Anxiety to compose her new work. In honor of Bernstein's Broadway songwriting collaborations, Daniela Sarantis (15) has composed a new song with lyrics by Nolan Shaffer (13).Co-producers Jon Deak (Founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh will host the event. The young composers were mentored by composer/teaching artist Trevor Bumgarner. The showcase occurs on the main stage and is included with a YPC admission.

Nov 7th:,2009 The New York Philharmonic’s KIDZONE at the Young Peoples Concert, Avery Fisher Hall. Jon Deak and Bill Gordh’s “Instrument Village: The Instruments’ Guide to Young People” with new music by 10 and 11 year old composers from the Bridge Composers Programs.

October 31st : The Haunted House – a special 2 hour event designed for 6 and 7 year olds at the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Lab.

October 17th: A Program of Swedish Tales; Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC. 11:00 AM. Free to the Public.

September: 2 Songs on New Bluegrass Recording: 2 songs Bill wrote with Billy Boone Smith "Whippoorwill" and "Regardless" appear on Billy’s new CD "Live from the Moose Lodge". Other songs on the album include ones Billy wrote with the legendary Tom T. Hall, Grammy winner Paul Overstreet and Irene Kelly. www.muddysunshine.com

September 18: Curriculum Consulting and Development: Trinity Wall Street Pre-School, NYC has arranged for Bill to work with its faculty for a series of workshops throughout the school year.

September 11: Storytelling Workshop: Bill led a 3 hour Storytelling Workshop for Children’s Librarians at the Midtown –Manhattan Branch for the New York City Public Library.

Aug 3rd – 6th : Workshops for Children of new Curriculum: Seeing Stories Summer Workshops at Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY. Newly created curriculum for very young filmmakers (ages 6 and 7) incorporating stories, storytelling, music, watching and making movies.

July 22 – July 30: Workshops and Performances for Children in Music Composing Instrument Village: The Haunted House (15th Instrument Village adventure) Very Young Composers of Eagle County, CO. Mentoring workshops and public performances for 8 – 13 year olds with composer/educator Jon Deak. Performed by NY Philharmonic musicians. Sponsored by The New York Philharmonic and The Vail Valley Music Foundation.

August 2: 4th Annual “Spin the Globe” Family Performance: presented by Eagle Montessori near Vail Colorado. Venues have included Gerald Ford Amphitheatre, Minturn Amphitheatre and the Lundgren Amphitheatre in Gypsum.

July 14th – 17th. Seeing Stories Summer Workshops at Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY. Newly created curriculum for very young filmmakers (ages 4 and 5) incorporating stories, storytelling, music, watching and making movies.

July 11th – 13th – Workshop Leader at the Episcopal Women’s Triennial, Anaheim, California.

July 6 – 10: Director of Manhattanville College’s 7th annual Summer Arts Institute. 3- credit – Graduate level program.

June 28 – July 2nd Guest Storyteller and Workshop Leader: Hollins University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature.

June 20th : Program of Greek and Cypriot Tales – Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, Houston, Texas.

June 18th – 19th: Featured Speaker. Early Childhood Retreat, Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools, Houston, Texas.