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2020 Summer Reading Program Presentations

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Music of Shakespeare's Time


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School, Library, Family Programs


Anne & Rob Burns as A Reasonable Facsimile Present

(Music and Fables for All Ages)

For the 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, "Imagine Your Story" our programs feature Renaissance music and instruments. These shows will be available from the spring of 2020 to the spring of 2021.

All programs feature replica Renaissance instruments and commentary about the instruments and music selections.

A fun program of old music and instruments, "Gammer Goose's Merry Tales and Songs" is sprinkled with stories to capture the imagination of the young and the young at heart. Everyone is familiar with the tales of Mother Goose, first published in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, but Anne & Rob Burns, as A Reasonable Facsimile, go back even further with stories and music from the Renaissance. We fancy that our tales would have been told by an ancestor of Mother Goose: Gammer (grandmother) Goose. Come down and have a gander with your whole gaggle!

Anne and Rob incorporate humor and audience participation to introduce young audiences to earlier music. Anne and Rob play lively, rhythmic music which invites audience participation. The performers bring history alive with instruments from the Renaissance: shawm, drum, crumhorn, bagpipe, recorder, gittern and more.

"Gammer Goose’s Merry Tales and Songs" flier

Solo format for above: Anne Burns shares stories and tunes on shawm, recorder, crumhorn, gittern, percussion and other Renaissance instruments. This version is more available on weekdays, and is lower priced than the duo program.


Anne & Rob Burns each received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Early Music from Oakland University. They specialize in the music of the Renaissance and the Colonial era as the duo A Reasonable Facsimile. They have received wide acclaim for their unique school and library programs.

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The base price for one performance with the duo is $375. For Anne's solo program, the base price is $250.

Mileage will be charged to locations over 50 miles from Clarkston, Michigan. Overnight accommodations, if necessary.

SHARE! Discount for two neighboring libraries booking music programs on the same day: subtract $50 each library. The libraries also split mileage and accommodations costs. Share with a library already on our calendar, or set up a new day with a neighbor.

To calculate the mileage fee use an online map service, entering Clarkston MI as starting address, and the library address as destination address. From the resulting one-way distance, subtract 50 miles, then multiply remaining mileage by the current standard mileage rate: $1.15 ($1.15 = 57.5¢ per mile each way).



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