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Kitty DonohoeIRISH ROOTS SINGER/SONGWRITER
Kitty Donohoe with Doug Berch
Emmy 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, February 4, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


MeerkovSONGS OF LOVE
Terry Meerkov with Nancy Hodge
Mezzo-soprano Terry Meerkov received her degrees in music from Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory. In Chicago, she was faculty at the American Conservatory of Music. Here in Ann Arbor, she has continued her recital career by performing locally, nationally, and internationally. Meerkov’s repertoire is vast, including medieval songs, romantic pieces of Italian, French and Russian composers, German leider, Hebraique and Spanish songs, numerous arias and contemporary American music. She will be accompanied by Nancy Hodge on the piano.
Thursday, February 11, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


MarquezAFRICAN AMERICAN SPIRITUALS
Tiana Marquez with David Gitterman
As a musical celebration of Black History Month, accomplished singer, writer, and storyteller Tiana Marquez will perform a variety of songs skillfully blended with her stories. Ms. Marquez communicates to her audiences just as the slaves communicated to each other, through the medium of music. She employs storytelling along with her music to discuss important aspects of African American cultural heritage. Her spirituals and storytelling are important tools in capturing the moods and deep religious sense that helped African Americans endure slavery. Her piano accompanist is David Gitterman.
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Swinging StringsTRADITIONAL JAZZ
Swinging Strings with special guest James Dapogny
Swinging Strings highlights the often overlooked contributions of string instruments (bass, guitar and violin) to jazz. With Kurt Krahnke on bass, Rod McDonald on guitar, and Paul Winder on violin and viola, this ambitious trio takes on works by some of the great jazz violinists, especially Joe Venuti and his guitarist sidekick Eddie Lang. You can also expect to hear music from the rich jazz traditions of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. With honorary “String” James Dapogny on piano, Swinging Strings will swing even harder.
Thursday, February 28, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Upcoming March Concerts

RossFINGERSTYLE GUITAR & UKULELE
Gerald Ross
Successfully blending the sounds of jazz, blues and swing, Gerald Ross has created a guitar style uniquely his own. Whether he is playing swing blues, pop or tropical flavored melodies, Ross’ good humor and outstanding musical talent are captivating. Ross appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and he has performed with such greats as Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt.
Thursday, March 4, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Fang-YenCLASSICAL MUSIC
Natalie Hsiao Fang-Yen with Uni Choi & Yasas Jayawardena with Justin Snyder 
U-M School of Music Performance Outreach Program

The first half of this concert will be Beethoven Sonata Opus 12 No. 3 by Natalie Hsiao Fang-Yen, a classical violinist who is currently studying with Andrew JenningsJayawardena of the U-M School of Music, accompanied by Uni Choi. The second half of the concert will be works by Handel, Faure, Tosti, Duke and Strauss, performed by male sopranist Yasas Jayawardena, a K-12 certified music teacher who studies with George Shirley at U-M, with accompaniest and collaborator Justin Snyder. 
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


String QuartetSTRING QUARTET
Michigan Pops Orchestra String Quartet
Now in its fourteenth season, the Michigan Pops Orchestra is U-M’s only entirely student-run, student-directed orchestra. The small ensembles program provides an opportunity for students to play chamber music in a variety of contexts. This small ensemble string quartet, made up of Alex Carney on violin, Jessica Lai on violin, Erin Bachynski on cello and Chris Davis on viola, will perform from a repertoire extending from classical music, such as “Eine Kleine Nachtmusick” by Mozart, to movie scores such as “The Pirates of the Caribbean”, to pop music such as “Don’t Stop Believin’”.
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Kaplan and WilletsFROM BROADWAY TO OPERA
Two Tenors on the Edge
Jeffrey Willets earned a BA & MA in Voice and Music Education from Eastern Michigan University, with additional studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. He’s known locally as an artist who performs classical, Broadway and pop. Jay Kaplan is the staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project. In his spare time, he sings with the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus and dabbles in community theatre, both acting and directing. Their accompaniest Elisabeth Wagner is a junior at Wayne State University in pre-law.
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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