Concerts for adults for public venues

Songs for the Heart, Mind and Funny Bone

Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger

Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger

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Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih presents her original songs, all with meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies, some with audience participation.  A real winner with audiences.
 

"I've never seen someone own a room the way you do--they were eating out of your hands!  Most spectacular ... incredible ... fantastic!" 

Emma Tolmach, East Rockaway Cultural Arts Council, NY

Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger

Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger

Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger

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A multimedia live concert with Patricia and Stephen, this heartful tribute uses projected images, video and song clips from Seeger interspersed with commentary and live singing.  And as with all of Patricia's concerts, the audience is invited to sing along.


“This was a MAGNIFICENT production. It went FAR BEYOND my expectations. It was classy, it was accurate, the music interludes were MAGNIFICENT.”  Audience member

Songbirds: Women in Folk Music

Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger

The Best-Loved Sing-along Folk Songs EVER!

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A multimedia live concert with Patricia and Stephen highlighting 5 women icons in folk music: Ronnie Gilbert (The Weavers), Joan Baez, Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary), Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell.  Singing along is encouraged.


“Songbirds was one of the BEST PROGRAMS we have had at the Elmont Memorial Library.  The presentation as well as the performance was superb. You are a true professional.  Highly recommended!!!  Our patrons loved the show.  Many thanks for a great show Patricia.”  Linda White, Program Coordinator, Elmont Memorial Library, NY

The Best-Loved Sing-along Folk Songs EVER!

The Best-Loved Sing-along Folk Songs EVER!

The Best-Loved Sing-along Folk Songs EVER!

Patricia gets EVERYONE singing and laughing.  There will be brief introductions for historical conte

Patricia will get EVERYONE singing, clapping, and laughing. The songs will be accompanied by brief introductions that will put the songs into historical context, highlighting the social significance of folk music in America and its role in helping to change our society.  Projected lyrics help the audience sing along, and Patricia brings percussion instruments to let listeners be part of the band.

  

"I've never seen our crowd, ages 8 to 88, join in and sing with such gusto and enthusiasm, and I've been doing the programming for 3 years.  The historical detail you gave was fascinating and, at times, humorous, further endearing you to an already adoring crowd.  Thank you - we will certainly see you again soon!" Jill Harding, Randolph Public Library, NJ

Songs in the Key of Earth

The Best-Loved Sing-along Folk Songs EVER!

Songs in the Key of Earth

Patricia celebrates the Earth and all living things in this heartfilled concert combining original s

Patricia celebrates the Earth and all living beings on it with this heart-filled concert of original songs and those by other contemporary songwriters with an environmental theme, which leaves audiences uplifted, empowered and hopeful.

  

"'Songs in the Key of Earth' was very well received at the Vanderbilt Planetarium. The combination of music, performance, imagery and education in the dome is the exact type of unique presentation we look for. Patricia Shih and her band Cool Daddy bring a level of quality and professionalism that is unparalleled. We are very much looking forward to working with her again."  Dave Bush, Program Director, Vanderbilt Planetarium, Centerport, NY 

Custom shows

The Best-Loved Sing-along Folk Songs EVER!

Songs in the Key of Earth

Let Patricia custom-design a show on YOUR theme, combining her own original songs with tho

Let Patricia custom-design a concert based on YOUR theme, using original songs from her repertoire as well as those by  other contemporary songwriters.  A truly unique event.

  

“On a scale from 1 to 10, your show was an 11!” Dominic Dolce, NYC Dept. of Park and Recreation, NY, NY

“The best show we’ve had all summer.” Stage crew, Huntington Summer Arts 

Festival, Huntington, NY

“You were amazing, electric, clever and profound. A strong voice, with much to say. Like a magician you wowed the crowd.” Geri Lipschultz, producer

“You guys are so professional—the BEST we’ve ever had!” Chris Hackett, staff, New York Aquarium

concerts for children and families & Arts-In-Education

BIG Ideas for EVERYONE!

Bullies - Nonviolent solutions to Conflict

Appreciation & Gratitude

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Patricia reaches all ages with her all-audience participation shows as her specialty is multigenerational events.  You can pick a theme or let her design a show using her best songs for the age range.


“The adults loved it as much as the kids and that’s something you don’t see very often.” Debbie at Purple Cow Theatre, Stamford, CT


“Your audience, made up of children as well as adults, were enthralled by your interactive presentation. I could see that a lot of planning went into making this program so much fun.  As always, it was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to having more of your performances at the Heckscher in the future.” Eileen Flanagan, Coordinator of School, Youth and Family Programs, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY

Appreciation & Gratitude

Bullies - Nonviolent solutions to Conflict

Appreciation & Gratitude

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Isn't it time to appreciate and be grateful for the wonderful things in life?  Patricia has her listeners count their blessings and share in active ways.  All audience participation.

   

(5stars, top marks) “This was the best program we have ever had! Patricia was organized and focused. The students responded to every request and it resulted in an absolutely fabulous performance. We can’t wait to have her back again.” Prospect Hill School, Pelham, NY

Bullies - Nonviolent solutions to Conflict

Bullies - Nonviolent solutions to Conflict

Bullies - Nonviolent solutions to Conflict

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How can we deal with a bully nonviolently?  Conflicts can be resolved using cooperation, empathy, understanding and communication.  What are the root causes of bullying?  How do bullies learn that behavior?

   

“hi u visited my school and I am in the sixth grade and my friends and I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed your show. WE had loads of fun and we were talking about it all day long. Also we sing the ‘Eating is Fun’ song all the time! Just thank you! also i just wanted to say that we had lots of fun watching the kids and teachers up on stage dancing, that was funny! Bye!” Emma, sixth grader, St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa, NY

Character

The Environment

Bullies - Nonviolent solutions to Conflict

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6 pillars of character - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are covered in this program.  All-audience participation has listeners thinking critically.

   

“This was the BEST program we’ve ever had! Thank you for two amazing performances! All the school was buzzing about how great your program was!! I will be looking at some of your other shows and see what else we can do.....” Bonnie Kelly, PTO, Hamilton School, Bridgewater, NJ

Disabilities

The Environment

The Environment

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A sensitive and fun concert that teaches understanding, respect and compassion for those differently-abled, using sign language, movement, theatre and more.  Additional songs about health. 

   

“I sent some feedback to the CT Library Consortium Programming list to tell people how much we enjoyed the concert you gave here.  It was high energy and engaging. The children were all up on their feet and moving and doing. The sign language song was excellent, and the way you integrated it with other foreign languages was ingenious. I also had to mention that adorable little girl who wanted the play date with you. Think that says it all about how well you were received. Thank you!” Phebe Kirkham, Head of Reference, New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT

The Environment

The Environment

The Environment

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This concert asks the audience, "What can each one of us to do help make the world a cleaner, safer and more sustainable place for all living things?"  Includes compassion for other species and caring for each other and ourselves.

   

“This was the BEST SHOW we’ve had in over 8 years!” Physical education teachers, West End Ele. School, Lynbrook, NY

Freedom, Social Justice & Human Rights

Holidays - Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa

Freedom, Social Justice & Human Rights

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A look at the historic and present-day struggles for freedom, social justice and human rights.  From slavery to suffrage to civil rights, this exciting, highly interactive show traces America's never-ending quest for equality, fairness and liberty.  The show stresses that with rights come social and personal responsibilities.

   

“Thanks again for the great show!  The kids really enjoyed it.  I just love how you are able to take the complex issue of social justice and the ambiguous concept of freedom and in your songs reduce them down to level which young minds can grasp.  One of my favorite songs was Simon Says/Follow the leader.  Two simple games that took on a much deeper meaning in context of encouraging kids to think for themselves.  Makes adults think, too."  Lorraine Weinmann, Woodward Parkway Arts in Ed coordinator, Farmingdale, NY

Halloween!

Holidays - Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa

Freedom, Social Justice & Human Rights

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Sprinkled with a "scary" (NOT!) thunderstorm created by the audience, this program consists of songs  for and about Halloween, and is flavored with other pieces that express the importance of not judging people by their outside appearances.  Hilarious laughter, costumes and props are included with the audience participation.

   

“Perfect for Halloween. It was awesomely entertaining. The kids looooooved!!!!!! it!” Tooker Ave. School, West Babylon, NY


“Students loved seeing the teachers on stage. They were beside themselves! Very clever and funny. The students learned the song in advance which helped them connect with the show.” Hutchinson School, Pelham, NY

  

“The 6th graders were singing as loud as the 1st graders. It was a truly wonderful show for all the students and the teachers as well.” Linda Ambort-Failla, PTA, Oceanside School #3, Oceanside, NY

Holidays - Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa

Holidays - Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa

Holidays - Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa

Perfect for year-end celebrations, Holidays are celebrated from a cultural and historical standpoint

Holidays are celebrated from a cultural and historical perspective.  Hysterical laughter and exquisite beauty created from audience participation.  Costumes and props provided.


(5 stars, top marks) “What a wonderful show! My students and I absolutely loved it! I know we will remember this assembly for a long time to come!” 


“Excellent program! Should be an annual program at this time of year!”


“This performance was fantastic! The children were actively engaged throughout the entire performance, and were exposed to cultural diversity. Excellent!”


“Wonderful! Bring them back every year! Bravo!” 

Nokomis School, Sachem, NY

Kindness

Literacy & Learning are COOL!

Holidays - Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanzaa

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Timed to perfection in this sometimes cruel world, this concert has the audience explore some of society's difficult issues and then looks for solutions.  Fosters critical thinking and empathy.  Thoroughly warmed with gentleness, humor and excitement.


“I could have listened to you all day! In addition to being so entertaining, you delivered a very valuable message to our children: kindness and caring to all peoples count more than anything else in the world. Your talent seems to be matched only by the joy you take in dealing with young people.” Gail Weinstein, Principal, Stratford Road School, Plainview, NY 

   

“SUPER! FABULOUS! GREAT MESSAGE! Great audience participation.” North Coleman Rd. Middle School, Middle Country, NY 


“You should be President!” teacher, Andrew Muller School, Miller Place, NY 

Literacy & Learning are COOL!

Literacy & Learning are COOL!

Literacy & Learning are COOL!

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Explore the love of reading and learning with joy.  Patricia rocks the audience through the steps of learning how to read and learn.  Audience will explore language, meaning and books, books, books!

   

(5 stars, top marks) “One of the best programs we’ve had. We look forward to seeing her next year!” Phillips Ave. School, Riverhead, NY


(5 stars, top marks) “Patricia’s one hour concert was one of the highlights of our ‘Literacy Month’ celebration. Her energy level was infectious; she had everyone (staff included) singing, clapping, dancing and signing along. She is an expert at getting the audience involved and excited while still maintaining control. An excellent performance!” Remsenburg/Speonk School, Remsenburg, NY


“This program should be in every school in New York City!” Mr. Nezowitz, Principal, PS 97, NY, NY

   

“This was the BEST PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) kickoff we’ve ever had!!” Emma R., 8 years old, Stewart Manor Ele. School, Stewart Manor, NY

Multiculturalism & Differences

Literacy & Learning are COOL!

Literacy & Learning are COOL!

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This program offers the audience the opportunity to teach what languages they know, explores how we are different and yet the same, and teaches tolerance.  It honors our similarities while celebrating our diversity.

   

(5 stars, top marks) “Fabulous!! Loved every minute—wonderful!”

   

(All 5’s, top marks) “This was probably the best assembly my class has attended. It was high energy, relevant, and most of all, fun for the students. They came back energized and thinking about cooperation and diversity. Thank you!” Mount School, Stony Brook, NY

   

"...the best best best best part was how you respected all the races! Your songs were so so so wonderful! I was so happy I had butterflies in my stomach." Young listener Bonnie B.

   

"This was the best, best, best show EVER! Patricia is my favorite." 3rd grade teacher, George Jackson Ele. School, Jericho, NY

Safety & Health - Fitness & Nutrition

Safety & Health - Substance Abuse Prevention

Safety & Health - Substance Abuse Prevention

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With the emphasis on healthy eating, nutrition and fitness, this concert is a fun and exciting way to get folks moving and enjoying a healthful lifestyle.  And, like all Patricia's shows, there is all-audience participation!

   

“The program directly correlated to our Nutrition unit in science. The students were able to apply their knowledge of the food pyramid and staying healthy in a fun way!” Sue Rodichok, teacher, Nesconset Ele. School, Nesconset, NY

Safety & Health - Substance Abuse Prevention

Safety & Health - Substance Abuse Prevention

Safety & Health - Substance Abuse Prevention

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Listeners use critical thinking when asked to respond to unhealthy situations and substances.  Songs stress the importance of taking care of our bodies and resisting peer pressure.

   

“Well, our Drug Education Program evaluations are in, and everyone has been raving about your outstanding performance! I have received very positive feedback from the schools, as well as the City Council and staff. Thank you for presenting a program with great audience participation, charisma, substance, and high-energy fun! I know the students really got into the music and message and that’s what really counts.  Thanks for making my job fun!” Mary Jean Stiefel, Citizen Services, City of Gaithersburg, MD

Women in History

Safety & Health - Substance Abuse Prevention

Women in History

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Celebrating wonderful women and girls who have made their mark on the world.  Both girls AND boys love being a part of this show, featuring such heroines as Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Irene Curie and... themselves!


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Programs for libraries & other public venues

Summer Reading Club

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland!

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland!

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Every year Patricia writes a new show based on the national Summer Reading Club theme.  This year 2020 it's "Imagine Your Story!" so it includes asking children about their families, what they want to grow to be and more.  Stories, songs and games with prizes!

  

“Thank you again for another wonderful show.  Both children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed the concert.  You always manage to come up with a new idea to ‘freshen up’ the show.  We have had numerous children’s entertainers perform here over the years and I must say, you are one of the best, if not THE best of all the performers who have entertained our children.    Hope to see you here again next summer!” Susan Serico, Director, North Haledon Free Public Library, NJ

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland!

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland!

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland!

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 Help Patricia celebrate the beauty and fun of the season. Using props supplied by Patricia and the magic of their own imaginations, all ages get to "ice skate" around an imaginary lake, have a fun "snowball fight", play musical games (lucky winners get to go on a jingle bell “sleigh ride”) and of course sing songs praising winter.
 

“Patricia Shih brought her usual blend of fun and imagination to the Library to create a truly Magical Musical Winter Wonderland.  This is a wonderful family program!” Ilana Silver, West Babylon Public Library, NY

Custom-designed shows

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland!

Custom-designed shows

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Let Patricia custom-design a concert based on YOUR theme, using original songs from her repertoire as well as those by other contemporary songwriters.  A truly unique event.


She has a huge repertoire of hundreds of songs and games and can put together a show just for you.  At least 2 months' lead time is preferred for additional research and rehearsals if necessary.

   

“I’ve been at the library many years and I’ve NEVER seen anything better than this.” Leonard Newman, Kings Hwy. branch, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

   

“Of all the musical acts we’ve ever had here, you held their attention the best.” Port Discovery Branch, Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore, MD