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Diana Herstein
U-M School of Music Performance Outreach Program
Diana Herstein is a graduate student in the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance studying vocal performance with Shirley Verrett. In addition to classical art songs by such composers as Schubert and Debussy, Herstein will perform some American standards from early musical theatre as well as some pieces from the 1930’s pop genre, such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Geoffrey Esty Trio

Geoffrey Esty’s approach to guitar playing is thoughtful and innovative. He has been studying classical and jazz guitar for over 25 years, but he is also known to draw upon such styles as blues, be-bop, rock and flamenco. Incorporating techniques such as classical fingerpicking, bottleneck and Chapman stick-style fingertapping into his playing, Esty is continuously exploring the guitar’s possibilities. This trio, with Miguel Gutierrez on drums and Rob Crozier on bass, performs works by composers as varied as Coltrane, Radiohead, the Smiths, Bacharach and the Electric Light Orchestra.
Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Kitty Donohoe with Doug Berch
Award winning singer/songwriter Kitty Donohoe is based out of Ann Arbor but extends far beyond. With several acclaimed CDs to her credit, Donohoe’s music spans the oceans expressing both a love of music and a love of language. Backing herself on guitar, cittern and keyboard, she sings songs with her three-octave voice that draw upon her Irish heritage and her American northern roots. Musician and dulcimer-maker Doug Berch joins her on hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and whistle.
Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Rachel Van Amburgh & Kendra Cheney
Both sophomores in the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Rachel Van Amburgh and Kendra Cheney study oboe performance with Nancy Ambrose King. Van Amburgh, among other things, toured throughout China with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Cheney, also with extensive performing experience, joined the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra on an European tour with performances in Vienna, Paris and Amsterdam. They will perform both duets and solos, including the "Six Metamorphoses After Ovid" by Benjamin Britten.  
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Upcoming April Concerts

Michigan Pops Orchestra Small Ensembles Program
The Michigan Pops Orchestra is the oldest student-run, student-directed college pops orchestra in the U.S., managed by an executive board of 13 students. Michigan Pops Orchestra’s small ensembles program allows any interested musicians a chance to play in a small group, whether or not they are members of Pops. Shari Rosen on violin, Jessica Lai on violin, Chris Davis on viola, and Nate Friedman on cello will perform many traditional string favorites.
Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

U-M Freshman Touring Company

This year's performance features Impact by contemporary American choreographer Laura Dean, performed by members of the U-M Department of Dance. Impact, "dazzlingly intricate in its integration of patterns" is a tour de force, blending complex rhythms, folk-like arm and footwork with music by composer Steve Reich. Performances of Robin Wilson's Arrows, Melissa Beck-Matjias' Signifying Nothing and student works round out this afternoon's program. This one hour dance performance/lecture/demonstration will also feature works by the Dietz Marchant Dance Company.
Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

U-M School of Music Performance Outreach Program
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

Now sixteen years strong, cellochan is a unique program for young cellists that provides an especially supportive and enjoyable environment for study while pursuing excellence, personal fulfillment and artistic growth.  Director Suzanne Smith has been teaching and performing for almost thirty years, and her method draws upon her life experiences to create a joyful, self-supporting and service oriented musical program.  This performance will include solo pieces by Smith as well as student performances.
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

Featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Chorus
U-M Life Sciences Orchestra
The Life Sciences Orchestra, a Gifts of Art program, was founded in the fall of 2000 by a small group of musicians and artists at the U-M Medical School and Health System to provide a performance outlet for the many faculty, staff, students, and volunteers in life science disciplines at the university who had previous musical training but few opportunities to play. For its ninth season spring concert in the celebrated Hill Auditorium, the LSO will perform Beethoven’s famous Ninth Symphony for orchestra and chorus.
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:10 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI48109

Royal Garden Trio
The Royal Garden Trio plays swing music reminiscent of the 1930’s, but with an ear toward the future of improvisational jazz. The partnership of Brian Delaney on guitar, Tom Bogardus on tenor guitar and clarinet, and Mike Karoub on cello is synergetic. Blending a sound of the Parisian café with the American nightclub, they manage to be fresh, original and sophisticated without being exotic. The group covers an exciting repertoire including traditional jazz, classic show tunes and gypsy-style swing.
Thursday, April 30, 2009, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

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