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Catalyst Quartet
Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young African American and Latino string players. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works. The quartet is comprised of Jessie Montgomery, violin; Karla Donehew-Perez, violin; Christopher Jenkins, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello.  Gifts of Art partners with Arts@Michigan to bring the Catalyst Quartet to U-M. In addition to this concert, they will perform on patient floors in the University Hospital and meet with undergraduates.
Arts@Michigan Thursday, December 1, 2011, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dodworth Holiday Brass EnsembleSOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Dodworth Holiday Brass Ensemble
The Dodworth Holiday Brass Ensemble is a brass octet with a male vocalist comprised of members of the celebrated Dodworth Saxhorn Band, which performed at the White House, in Washington DC. They use original brass saxhorns dating from 1840-1880 to play popular, religious, secular and ethnic (Polish, French, German and Norwegian) Christmas and holiday music. The audience is encouraged to join in singing and listening to a variety of seasonal favorites such as: “O' Christmas Tree”, “Jingle Bells”, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”.
Thursday, December 8, 2011, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Members of the Avraham Ben Ze’ev Orchestra
Drawing from the time-honored repertoire of Jewish music, members of the Avraham Ben Ze’ev Orchestra perform energetic and uplifting traditional Hebrew songs. This all instrumental trio, composed of Jake Reichbart on guitar, Greg Koltyk on clarinet and Kurt Krahnke on bass, has played together for 10 years with the Avraham Ben Ze’ev Orchestra throughout the state and beyond.
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Arbor Consort
In picturesque costumes of 19th-century England, this all a cappella vocal ensemble will perform four-part harmonies in patient care areas, creating a festive holiday atmosphere right at patient’s bedsides. Selections will include well-known Victorian carols, some Hanukkah songs and several beautiful European carols. 
Sunday, December 18, 2011, 1:30-4:00 pm
University Hospital Patient Care Areas
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Come enjoy some of your Christmas favorites with the local band Counterpoint. They will entertain you with their blended vocal harmonies and refreshing arrangements. With Debbie Colesa, Deborah Davis, and Laurie Williams on vocals, Peter Tchoryk on trumpet, and guitarists Paul Olsztyn and Dave Karl, their full bodied yet easy listening sound is enlivening. You’re invited to join in the fun, so bring your jingle bells to help deck the halls. Special guest: Ken Davis (piano).
Thursday, December 22, 2011, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Happy Holidays!

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