Most Requested On Demand! Programs
On Demand! provides programs that inspire, enrich, and promote positive change.
These are some of our many offerings sure to engage and entertain your audiences!
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Music Around the World
Join Claudia Pellegrini, a virtuoso violinist who sings, and pianist Mark Yurkanin on “un viaje musical” (a musical journey) through time and history. Visit Italy and Germany during the Baroque period, listen to some of the best Austrian pieces from the Classical era, travel to Spain for a taste of their most popular folk music, and come back to America to remember beloved jazz standards and your favorite show tunes. Be prepared to sing along!
Sharon Katz and the Peace Train
Sharon Katz has conducted thousands of presentations around the world to promote peace, diversity, and unity—explaining how she has used music as a tool for creating social justice, and empowering people across all races and cultures to use their voices for social change. An internationally renowned, Grammy Award-nominated guitarist and singer from South Africa, Sharon founded The Peace Train project to help heal the wounds of Apartheid and bring people together in preparation for South Africa's first democratic elections. The first time world-wide audiences saw Sharon perform was on CNN in April 1994, and in 2015, the documentary "When Voices Meet" about The Peace Train and its impact was released and screened at 25 film festivals around the world, receiving many awards. In her dynamic lectures and presentations, Sharon shares clips from the documentary as she recounts her inspiring and courageous story. She takes questions and might even end with a song she teaches to the audience!
Memories of the Night
This musical journey pays tribute to beloved superstars who left us too young, including Elvis, Bobby Darin, Mama Cass, Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, John Denver and more. Barbara brings her powerful voice and humorous touch to this nostalgic trip down memory lane.
A Century of Jewish Music
What are “Jewish songs?” Do they have to be sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, or Ladino? Was the song created by a Jewish composer or songwriter? Or maybe performed by a Jewish singer or instrumentalist? Explore these questions and many others in a high-energy program with musical entertainer and educator Jeff Dershin, who shares a delightful array of songs beloved by Jews and non-Jews alike—including Broadway and Klezmer music; Hebrew songs, both ancient and modern; and many best-loved Yiddish songs—plus, a chance to sing along!
Music of the ‘50s
Do you recall the wonderful music that came just before rock ‘n’ roll, such as Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” and Rosemary Clooney’s “Hey, There?” What about the great Broadway shows like Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady? But then, suddenly, there was Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the world was never the same. Let’s travel back in musical time and visit a wonderful era: the ‘50s!
We Shall Not Be Moved! Songs from the Civil Rights Movement
From the mournful call of the Negro spiritual, to the cry of protest and purpose that signifies the African-American experience from the mid-1950s to late 1960s, We Shall Not Be Moved! is an hour-long concert presentation focusing on the music that captured the essence of the Civil Rights Movement. Perfect for African American History Month, educational series, and other cultural celebrations.
For Sentimental Reasons
A tribute to the “unforgettable” Nat “King” Cole and the songs he sang. If you love the era, the style, the man and the music, this program promises to be a wonderful experience.
Music from the Oscars
Singer/pianist Marc Sherman presents a delightful hour of songs that won an Academy Award for “Best Song from a Motion Picture”—spanning from 1936 (when the category was first introduced at the Oscars) through 1997. The background of each song will be discussed, including the composers, the movie the song came from, and who sang it in the film.
The Broadway Musical: The Diva Decade
Freyda Thomas began her singing career as a vocalist with her father, Eddie Shaw, a popular Philadelphia big bandleader from the 1950s through the 1980s. She went on to develop a long career on Broadway and in television, appearing on such TV shows as Murphy Brown, Murder, She Wrote, and Newhart, and starring in many Broadway musicals, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, and My Fair Lady. In this engaging program, Freyda pays tribute to Barbara Cook, Ethel Merman, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Bette Midler, Zero Mostel, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minelli and others who starred (or didn’t) in the biggest musicals of the turbulent 1960s.
Oscar Hammerstein: Broadway to Bucks County
Oscar Hammerstein II, in collaboration with Richard Rodgers, wrote some of the most popular musicals of all time, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Now, Oscar’s grandson Will Hammerstein is telling the whole story, from his birth into a theater family in 1895, through the ups and downs and major influences of his career, up until his death in 1960 at his beloved home Highland Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Highland Farm is where the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership was formed, where Oscar did most of his lyric writing, and where he mentored a high school student named Stephen Sondheim. Will also explores his efforts to turn historic Highland Farm into a museum, dedicated to furthering his grandfather’s great legacy.
First Ladies of the U.S. (1789-Present)
Performed in period costume, this program presents an overview of the First Ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Trish discusses many interesting and informative facts about each woman’s legacy, contributions, and impact on the office of First Lady. A fascinating look at an extraordinary group of women.
Rosie the Riveter and Her Sisters – The Women of World War II
Rosie the Riveter is the story of the women who sustained our nation and its troops during WWII. Rosie and her sisters changed America forever, not only by their work during the war but also by expanding the presence of women in the workplace, the arts, and other professions. The presentation explores how women proved their capabilities by stepping into the places of the men who went to war; what they accomplished in jobs and situations that were considered outside the sphere of women; and how they paved the way for the feminist revolution of the 60s. Performed in period costume.
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