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Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Green Golly & Her Golden Flute

January 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You probably know Rapunzel couldn’t wait to get out of the tower! Green Golly is her modern-day alter ego in Green Golly & Her Golden Flute, a beautiful new picture book with audio, based on the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning recording by the same name, written and performed by Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel.  This is geared primarily towards elementary school-aged children. However, because it relies heavily on well-beloved classical music, based on the traditional tale of Rapunzel , it will be a treat for children and adults alike.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library. Information on joining the Friends is available at https://teanecklibrary.org/friends/.

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Green Golly is so enthusiastic that everything that whizzes by her window inspires her to sing! Unfortunately, she has a terrible voice–so the witch gives her a golden flute, hoping to stop the racket! Since she is stuck in the tower all day long with nothing to do, she practices–until she becomes an amazing flutist! Ultimately, she escapes the tower and goes on tour, but not before she practices so much that she misses meeting the Prince! She plays her first duet with the unbelievably old and incredibly wrinkled Vlotek the Gypsy, wrangles with the wackiest of witches, and learns wisdom from Mousey Tongue–the tiny philosopher who lives in the walls of childen’s rooms and comes out when all seems lost.

Keith Torgan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, author, teacher, and storyteller. He is a multi-talented artist with more than 20 years of experience in children’s music who has appeared at hundreds of theaters, cabarets, universities, museums, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. As composer, he created scores for The Tempest and Ring Round the Moon at the Williamstown Theater Festival. As a solo cabaret artist, he has performed in such noted New York venues as The Knitting Factory. He was the founder and songwriter for “Morgan, Torgan & Teri;” guest performer and writer for BMG’s “Early Ears” series, and composer and lyricist for the Simply Elementary flagship program, “There’s Always a Dragon to Slay.” He has written a multitude of songs and is the author of all the Green Golly Project stories, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award/Family Choice Award Winning Green Golly & Her Golden Flute. He has taught and lead workshops in the US: at the Chicago National Flute Association Conference, the Boston Flute Academy, and the San Francisco International Flute Festival; and in Asia–in Beijing, at the China Conservatory of Music and in Lanzhou, at the Northwest University for Nationalities and the Northwest Normal University.

Barbara Siesel, flutist, producer, educator and entrepreneur, has pioneered the promotion of new music, new technology and the music of women composers through her work as artistic director of Art Culture & Technology and founder and artistic director of The Storm King Music Festival. She has performed in the great halls of Europe, Russia, China and Japan as a recitalist of American and Contemporary music. She has performed in concert halls as varied as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Adrienne Arsht Center; on Broadway; and at flute festivals throughout the US. She has taught and given master classes in Beijing, China; and lectured on Entrepreneurship at The Juilliard School.  An active educator,she has been on the faculty of Colby College (ME) New World School of the Arts, HS and College (FL), SUNY New Paltz, and University of Bridgeport (CT). In 2004, she decided to turn her attention to promoting classical music and music education for children and co- founded the Parents Choice Gold/Family Choice award winning The Green Golly Project. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music.


January 31
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm