April 12: Young Composers at Avery Fisher Hall. Founder Jon Deak and Bill Gordh will co-host the latest of their ongoing series at the Kidzone presenting new works from the Very Young Composers. Each of these programs is designed to reflect on the themes of the Young Peoples Concert that follows the Kidzone at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The April 12 concert features Brahms' s Piano Concerto # 1. The Kidzone program is entitled The Very Young Composers in Instrument Village: Brahms and the Color of Music and features new works by New Yorker Young Composers Bryce Collings, Jean Carlos Garcia, DeAnte Green and Charlotte Pinney as well as two pieces by Young Composers from Japan Saki Asakura and Ayumi Yamaguchi. It all starts at 12:30 PM.
March 8: Storytelling at Scandinavia House. Bill will present a program entitled "The Tale of the Tail of a Magical Cow and other Icelandic and Scandinavian Tales" at Scandinavia House on Saturday March 8 at 11:00 AM. Bill has been giving a concert yearly at Scandinavia House since 2007. It is part of the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers Program developed by Diana Wolkstein and held in the summer at the HC Andersen Statue in Central Park and continues through the year at Scandinavia House. The performance is FREE and takes place at Scandinavia House which is at 58 Park Ave (between 37th and 38th Streets), NYC. The program begins at 11:00 AM and ends at noon.
Feb 5, 2014: Storytelling on BYU Radio. A story recorded by Bill with musicians Tony Gerber and Seth Ritter in Nashville is featured on the BYU radio show The Apple Seed hosted by Sam Payne. The story "The First Flute" is based on a Guatemalan folk tale and features Tony Gerber on flute. Follow the link and listen!
Feb. 1, 2014: Kidzone at Avery Fisher Hall. Another adventure of the very young composers with founder Jon Deak and Bill Gordh hosting. The Very Young Composers in Instrument Village: The Instruments' Guide to Young People presents new compositions by NYC composers Clare Cunningham, Mondriana Villegas, Sebastian Gonzalez and Benjamin Banker and young composers from London Sasha Baraitser-Smith & Marla Mbemba; and from Venezuela Luis Pichard. They were inspired by the theme explored by Benjamin Britten in his Young People's Guide to the Orchestra which was performed at the Young Peoples' Concert following the Kidzone.
Dec. 7, 2013: Instrument Village at Kidzone, Avery Fisher Hall. The Very Young Composers in Instrument Village: Into the 21st Century with a Mozart Motif. Join Very Young Composers' founder Jon Deak and master storyteller Bill Gordh to hear new music composed by Dani Gardner, Harry Shmerler, Cassandra Stevens, Cathy Wasiyo and Ben West with Teaching Artist, Composer, Mentor Doc Wallace. The pieces will be played by Doc Wallace on viola and violin, the NY Philharmonic's Tom Smith on trumpet, NY Phil's Wei Yu on cello, Sean Rittenauer on percussion and special guest Dana Scofideo on electric guitar. The Kidzone performances precede the Young Peoples Concert that begins at 2:00 PM.
April 26: Storytelling at Tribeca Film Festival Family Day. Bill will host 2 hour-long storytelling concerts on the Duane Street Stage during the annual Tribeca Film Festival Family Day. The street fair goes from 10:00 - 6:00 on Saturday April 26 on Greenwich Street in Tribeca. Bill has been involved with the Family Day since its 2002 debut and this year has invited some exceptional storytellers to share the stage. Each hour long program will consist of 3 sets, one each from Regina Ress, The Storycrafters, and Bill Gordh with percussionist Justin Hines. The sets will be 2:10 - 3:10 and 4:10 - 5:10. The event is FREE.