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.
Oct 5: Disney's "Bears" and Bill's Bear Stories. Following the screening of Disney's Bears at Noon on Sunday Oct. 5 at the Jacob Burns Film Center, the whole family will be treated to a short program of songs and stories about bears. Bill has selected a special group of folktales and songs celebrating the bear and as always will accompany himself on banjo. A Family Event.
Oct. 4: Manhattanville Early Childhood Conference. Bill will lead a workshop on Using Music, Movement and Storytelling to Support Mathematics in the early childhood classroom at this year's conference. Manhattanville College is sponsoring its 5th annual early childhood conference on Saturday Oct 4th on campus in the Castle from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. It is entitled "Math, Science and the Common Core... Oh My!" and the keynote will be offered by Dr. Jacqueline Brennan Brooks.
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.