April 27: Tribeca Film Festival Family Day! Bill returns to the annual Tribeca Film Festival Family Day and will again host the family stage on Duane Street. He will be introducing the acts, keeping people aware of the other events on the block and telling stories. Bill's storytelling sets will be accompanied by the crack percussionist Justin Hines. The Family Day can be found on Greenwich Street in Tribeca and goes from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Bill will join his collaborator from the New York Philharmonic Jon Deak for a set of FanFares composed by the Very Young Composers on the Main Stage at 2:00 PM. They will all return to Duane Street for a second set. It should be another great day!
April 9: Work with B'Nai Jeshurun Youth Worship Leaders Continues. Bill is working with the youth leaders of the family worship services on developing stories and ways of telling them.
March 21: "Got Sermon Talk" at Union Seminary. Reflecting on the events of The Last Supper and On the Road to Emmaus, Bill Gordh will lead an exploration of the use and crafting of stories to strengthen family worship. Stories offer a place to dwell for young and old alike and by enriching the dwelling, we can enhance the experience for all. This talk entitled "Working with Stories" is part of the "Got Sermon" Lecture series sponsored by Union Seminary created for ministers and others interested in enriching their services and will be presented at 8:00 AM at the seminary.
April 13: KIDZONE Live at Avery Fisher Hall. Bill and Jon Deak will co-host The Very Young Composers at Instrument Villege: Back from Spain; Time for a Fiesta! This performance will feature new compositions by the Very Young Composers Andre Alexander, Austin Celestin, Harry Shmerler, Aline Marrero, Luna Rodriquez and Carol Sifuentes. They are part of the Bridge program created by Jon Deak. The pieces will be performed by members of the New York Philharmonic. The compositions will reflect themes that will be explored further in the Young Peoples Concert which immediately follow the Kidzone Live.
March 9 & 10: DiMenna Children's History Museum Bill will bring a program of folktales from around the world about birds to accompany the new exhibition of selections from the Audubon Collection. The Gifts of Birds will include Native American Tales, stories from China, Africa, Russia and South America. Many of these stories tell of gifts from birds - "Raven Brings Back the Sun" (Tlinglit). "Sparrow Brings Back the Rain" (Canada) and others about special traits - "Why Heron and Crane Live Alone" (Russia), "How Cardinal Got Its Red Feathers" (Cherokee). Some popular songs of birds will also be performed. The performances will be at 2:00 PM at the DiMenna Children's History Museum which is part of the New York Historical Society. The entrance is on Central Park West at 77th Street.
May 25: Instrument Village at Avery Fisher Hall: Kidzone Live! Founder of the Very Young Composers Jon Deak and Bill will co-host their latest adventure with 10 year old bridge composers Max Blakely, Cathy Wasiyo, Dani Gardner, Matthew Taub and Nathalia Morales. Their work is supported by Teaching Artist/Composer/ Mentor Danny Felsenfeld. This Saturday afternoon event preceding the Young Peoples Concert of the New York Philharmonic is entitled "The Very Young Composers in Instrument Village: World's Fair: New Songs of America!" The pieces composed by these young composers will be performed live by Bassist Jon Deak, Doc Wallace on Violin, Brett Bakalar on Oboe, Will Lang on Trombone and Sean Ritenaueur on Percussion. Bill will narrate the event with Jon Deak.