July 20 - 24: JBFC's Summer Teacher's Institute. Bill will return as a faculty member for the annual Jacob Burns Film Center's Summer Teachers Institute. This year Bill will lead a series of workshops for Early Childhood Teachers on Family Heritage Stories and working with Picture Books. In addition to a series of workshops the Institute will include screenings and a very special keynote on Wednesday.
July 8 - 15: Gore Range Montessori School, Edwards, CO. Bill will return to the Vail Valley for his annual residency with the Gore Range Montessori School from July 8- 15. While there, he will lead multiple storytelling sessions with the children, confer with the teachers and present a free Family Concert for the community. This will be Bill's 10th year of family concerts in the Vail Valley. This year's concert will be on the Riverwalk in Edwards, CO at 6:00 PM on Tuesday July 14. It is FREE.
June 15 - 19: Innova at Berkeley,CA. Bill will be heading out to Berkeley, CA to work with the Innova Schools' team of educators as they continue work on the re- design of the Early Childhood curriculum for their schools in Peru. He was in Lima exploring storytelling with them last August and again in March and now Bill will join fellow consulting educators from UC-Berkeley . Innova wants to include storytelling in their curriculum for their youngest students and Bill will help guide this development.
June 6: The Dragon's Fire. The Turtle Bay Music School's Cross-Legged Concert Series presents Adventures in the Enchanted Forest: The Dragon's Fire on Saturday June 6 at 2 PM. The Dragon's Fire is a new enchantment built on a story by Richard Carrick, Hannah Carrick (age -7), Claude Carrick (6) and Bill Gordh. It is now a musical theatre piece with music composed by Richard Carrick, Libretto by Bill Gordh and choreography by Lydia Chrisman. It will be performed at the Turtle Bay Music School on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 PM. The program is for the whole family and will be performed by musicians Richard Carrick (piano), Hannah Min (violin), Anna Povich de Mayo (flute) and Nick Birmelin (percussion), narrated by Bill Gordh and danced by Lydia Chrisman. There will be special guest appearances by Hannah and Claude Carrick. RSVP: 212-753-8811 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is FREE.
May 9: Very Young Composers at Avery Fisher Hall. Jon Deak and Bill will host the latest Very Young Composers' Overtures on stage at Avery Fisher Hall at 1:10 Saturday May 9 preceding the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert. The YPC is titled "Dance Transformed" and as always, the Overtures presents Young Composers' takes on the theme. For Saturday three very young composers, Lucas Alexander (10), Enza Jonas-Giugni (12) and Nolan Shaffer (10) have composed new works for dance (ballet, tap and new dance). The pieces will be performed by members of the New York Philharmonic and other guest musicians and will also feature young soprano Amelia Olsen (14). Dances will be performed by Enza and her younger sister Michaela. The musicians include Kathryn Curran (clarinet), Tom Smith (Trumpet), George Curran (Trombone), Max Zeugner (Bass) and Justin Hines (Percussion). The Overtures performance is included in the ticket for the Young Peoples Concert. This is the final concert of this year's (2014 -2015) Overtures Season.
July 25th: Storytelling at Hans Christian Andersen Statue. Bill will be in Central Park on Saturday presenting a program entitled "Tales from the Land of Andersen". Bill will share a selection of wonderful folktales from Scandinavia including "The Hungry Wolf" from Denmark, "The Pig's Living Conditions" from Norway, "Salt on a Magpie's Tale" from Sweden, and "Two Pine Cones" from Finland. As always Bill will accompany himself on banjo. The storytelling will take place in front of the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, NYC. One should enter the park at 72nd and 5th Avenue. Saturday's program is part of the summer long schedule of exciting storytellers performing each Saturday from June through September. Storytelling at the Statue has continued for over 40 years and features the best of the area's many wonderful tale tellers. It will be a one hour program beginning at 11:00 AM. FREE.