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U-M Freshman Touring CompanyCONTEMPORARY DANCE
Freshman Touring Company
For over 25 years, each spring the U-M Department of Dance Freshman Touring Company has toured throughout southeastern Michigan and northern Ohio giving dance performances and workshops in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. This year's performance features choreographic work by U-M faculty members from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and select U-M students, performed by freshman dancers at the University of Michigan. The dancers will announce and describe some of the background of the pieces.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Apr. 5, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


U-M Doctoral String StudentsSTRINGS MUSIC
U-M Doctoral Strings Students
This concert features Baroque, classical, romantic, and modern strings music by students in the U-M School of Music Ph.D. program. Students within the ensemble are all seasoned and experienced musicians, having performed all over the world in various solo and ensemble concerts. Works on the program include pieces by Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Johannes Brahms, Luciano Berio, tangos by Piazzolla, and some large ensemble works featuring six cellos and two double basses. The performers are Britton Riley, cello; Elizabeth Soukup, bass; Jeremy Crosmer, cello; Matthew Zalkind, cello; Grace Han, cello; Pia Greiner, cello; Mihaela Culjak, cello and Justyna Grudzinska, bass.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


U-M Performance Outreach ProgramTROMBONE & PIANO MUSIC
U-M Outreach Program for the Performing Arts
The Outreach Program for the Performing Arts is a course offered to students enrolled in the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance at the University of Michigan. Students perform in the community at local hospitals, retirement homes and schools. The musical styles range from classical music to Broadway show tunes. The performers also enjoy interacting with audiences and providing interesting information about their musical experiences. This concert presents Micah Smiley on trombone, Monika Miodragovic on piano and Li Kuang on trombone.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


cellochanCELLO RECITAL
cellochan
Now nineteen years strong, cellochan is a unique program in Ann Arbor for young cellists that provides an especially supportive and enjoyable environment for study while pursuing excellence, personal fulfillment and artistic growth. The “Ch’an” in cellochan means Zen, or search for insight. Director Suzanne Smith, who has been teaching and performing cello for over 30 years and studying Zen for over 20, draws upon her life experiences to create a joyful, self-supporting and service oriented program.  
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 4810

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Upcoming May Performances & Events

Paul VornHagenJAZZ STANDARDS
Paul VornHagen Trio
Winner of five Detroit Music Awards, Ann Arborite Paul VornHagen will present a program of choice jazz standards including composers Cole Porter, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Gershwin, Jobim and Duke Ellington. VornHagen and the band have performed at all of the major jazz festivals and  nightclubs  in Michigan and have recorded five critically acclaimed CDs that have been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs. You’ll hear Paul VornHagen on saxophone, flute and vocals; Kurt Krahnke on bass; and Phil Kelly on piano.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Life Sciences OrchestraSYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
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 twelfth season spring concert in the celebrated Hill Auditorium, the LSO will perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Respighi, Wagner and Beethoven.
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Marlena StuderJAZZ VOCALS & PIANO
Marlena Studer Ensemble
Marlena Studer has performed professionally as a jazz vocalist throughout the US and Canada since 1995. She has worked with the finest jazz musicians in southeast Michigan to record three CDs of richly nuanced interpretations of jazz standards. Her jazz vocals have been described by reviewers as silky smooth and sizzling with sensuality. In this performance, she will be accompanied Glen Tucker, a highly acclaimed local jazz pianist who trained in the U-M Jazz Studies Program. 
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


The Choral ConnectionVINTAGE AMERICAN POP
The Choral Connection
There’s nothing like upbeat song and dance to keep your face grinning and your toes tapping. The Choral Connection’s musical revue will entertain you with a lively set of familiar favorites and quirky gems, plus a few surprises. Directed by Carolyn Tjon Burnstein, the Choral Connection has been entertaining audiences in and around Ann Arbor since 1994. The singers/dancers are Anne Bauman, Dick Bauman, Carolyn Berge, Alene Blomquist, Carolyn Tjon Burnstein (Director), Jan Carpman, Bob Collins, Pam Gibb, Martha Guest, Jim Hall, Steve Mandell, Ken Powell, Bob Toronto, Ellen Toronto, Bill Weakley, Mary Ellen Weakley, Tim Wilson and Linda Young. The musicians are Anita Delph, piano; Eric Nyhuis, percussion; and Charlie Reischl, bass.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Suzanne SmithCELLO SOLO
Suzanne Smith
As teacher and director of the local cello program cellochan, Smith is often working with her students. However, for this concert we have an opportunity to appreciate her 30-year career as a performer. She has a Bachelors of Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters in Music from the State University of New York. Her primary teacher was the well known cellist Bernard Greenhouse, one of the original members of the Beaux Arts Trio. Smith has appeared with the Jackson and McComb Symphony Orchestras as principle cellist and she enjoyed a principle cello position while on tour with Mannheim Steamroller and Simon and Garfunkel. 
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


People Dancing & FriendsMODERN DANCE
People Dancing & Friends
This concert features extraordinary dances performed by professional and semi-professional performing artists from the Washtenaw and Wayne County areas. Select student dancers from Wayne State University and Arts in Motion Dance & Music Studio will join People Dancing as guest dancers. The program includes choreography by the director of the program, Christina Sears-Etter, with contributions from the dancers, as well as improvisational pieces. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora will provide accompaniment to the dancers on some of the pieces. The performance will include poetic interludes and question and answer time with the audience.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


SPECIAL EVENT

Society for the Arts in HealthcareSociety for the Arts in Healthcare Annual Conference
Arts & Health: A Global View
This international organization, of which Gifts of Art at the U-M Health System is a founding member, hosts its 23rd annual conference for the first time in Detroit.  The conference will be held at the historic Book Cadillac, the Italian Renaissance-style hotel built by Detroit's famous Book brothers, now included in the National Register of Historic Places. The conference runs from May 2-5, and is hosted locally by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Featuring keynote speakers Richard Florida, PhD of the Atlantic, and distinguished concert pianist and psychiatrist Richard Kogan, MD, the conference is a gathering place for hundreds of artists, medical professionals, hospital administrators and arts representatives. Leaders from around the world give presentations and participate in panel discussions. For more information, visit: http://www.thesah.org/template/page.cfm?page_id=184.
Westin Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48226
May 2-5, 2012

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