SteveSongs will make memories for V'ville kids
VOORHEESVILLE — Children’s entertainer SteveSongs will play the Lydia C. Tobler Performing Arts Center next Friday as part of a fund-raiser for the Parent Teacher Association.
“I wanted to think outside the box,” said parent Colleen Zeliph, who organized the event. Zeliph and her young children have seen Steven Roslonek, known professionally as SteveSongs, at Albany’s Steamer No. 10 Theatre twice, she said.
“It is a fund-raiser for the PTA, which makes different contributions to the school,” she said. “We do support schools in so many different ways.”
SteveSongs is well known for his work with PBS stations’ children’s programming. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House, and has won accolades that include two Parents’ Choice awards. He is the author of The Shape Song Swingalong, published by Barefoot Books.
SteveSongs was recently commissioned by the National Fire Protection Agency to write and perform a song to help families stay fire safe, according to Roslonek’s spokeswoman, Michele Fox. The song, "Little Rosalie," is being distributed to preschool and elementary schools across the country and will make its stage debut in New York at the show Friday, she said.
Zeliph said that she first thought of inviting SteveSongs after the district used the PAC last year for a concert unrelated to the district. The PTA contacted Roslonek’s marketing staff and invited him to perform.
“It was to try something different and give kids an opportunity to experience an event. This would give the kids a memory,” Zeliph said.
The concert will include a 55-minute solo performance by Roslonek with his guitar, after a pre-concert performance by students of The Music Studio in Albany, Zeliph said. Roslonek, known as “Mr. Steve,” will sign autographs and CDs and pose for pictures with concert-goers after the show.
Tickets to the show are $10. Those who buy tickets in advance will receive an e-mail with a link for a free download of SteveSongs’s “Recess Rocks,” a theme song promoting exercise and music in schools. Tickets are also available at the door. The concerts begin at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 14.