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Counterpoint Counterpoint listen
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.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute

The Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute provides music instruction for children based on the idea that music learning can be like language learning. These children (ages 4-16) delight in sharing their music with people around the area. You will hear some classical pieces, but mostly Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday music. Wendy Azrak, the director of this group and a Gifts of Art Bedside Music Practitioner, will describe some aspects of the Suzuki teaching method.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Klezmephonic Ann Arbor Klezmer Trio listen

Rollicking freylakhs, sweet cradle songs, and hot American vaudeville tunes are brought to life by the Ann Arbor-based band Klezmephonic. Their sound stems from the Eastern European Jewish folk music of the 19th and 20th centuries and is sprinkled with swing and Roma stylings. The clarinet (Jennie Lavine) and violin (Henrik Karapetyan) sing, wail and moan over the driving, dance-inducing rhythms of bass (Dave Sharp), accordion (Will Cicola), guitar and banjo (Alex Belhaj). The musicians bring a mix of classical and jazz training and years of experience interpreting traditional styles.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Arbor Consort

In picturesque costumes of 19th-century England, this a cappella vocal ensemble will perform four-part harmonies in patient care areas, creating a festive holiday atmosphere. Selections will include well known Victorian carols, some Hanukkah songs and several beautiful European carols.
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:30-4:00 pm
University Hospital Patient Care Areas
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

No Concert
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
Happy Holidays!


No Concert
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
Happy Holidays!

Dr. Thomas L. Clark
In this annual workshop, snowflake master Dr. Thomas L. Clark, a.k.a. Doctor Snowflake, shares his paper cutting techniques and helps participants try their hands at some seasonal designs. There is also opportunity for participants to experiment with their own creations. An exhibition of his work is on display until Feb. 1, 2015 in the Gifts of Art gallery where the workshop will be held. If attending the workshop, please bring scissors. If planning to bring a group, please call Gifts of Art at 734-936-ARTS (2787), as space is limited.
Gifts of Art free event
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 12:00-2:00 pm
Gifts of Art Gallery — Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Gwenyth Hayes Trio

Bassist and vocalist Gwenyth Hayes’ hybrid reinterpretations give due respect to classics from many genres and eras and center around her sultry voice, groove oriented bass lines and tight instrumental arrangements. This approach serves to reinvent traditional soul, jazz, soft rock and blues standards with a new smooth, sensual and contemporary feel. During her Blues era as a professional bassist in Chicago, Hayes performed regularly at world famous clubs including Buddy Guy’s Legends. She performs with jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart and drummer Rob Avsharian at some of southeastern Michigan’s most popular festivals.
Gifts of Art free concert

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

U-M Life Sciences Orchestra

The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO), 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. It provides a performance outlet for the many faculty, staff, students, and volunteers in life science disciplines at the university who have previous musical training but few opportunities to play. For its winter concert in the celebrated Hill Auditorium, the LSO will perform pieces by Still, Barber, Copland and Beethoven. The concert theme is Triumph of the Human Spirit, and it is part of the campus-wide Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. For more info, please visit:
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 4:00 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Two Tenors on the EdgeSONGS FROM BROADWAY
Two Tenors on the Edge
Tenors Jay Kaplan and Jeffrey Willets join forces with pianist/accompanist Elisabeth Wagner to take listeners into  Broadway song repertoire revolving around monsters, madmen and the "slightly off." Music from Broadway shows and the popular genre, such as Phantom, Victor Victoria, She Loves Me, Grey Gardens, Drood and many others will be performed by the trio. Jeffrey Willets is a professional tenor and Ann Arbor music educator, Jay Kaplan is a tenor and LGBT lawyer for the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union, and Elisabeth Wagner is a pianist and graduate student at Wayne State University.
Gifts of Art free concert         
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Katri Ervamaa & Naki Sung Kripfgans

University of Michigan Residential College Music Program Head, cellist Katri Ervamaa (DMA) is a versatile performer, who specializes in chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan. Naki Sung Kripfgans (DMA), a native of South Korea, has concertized as a soloist as well as a collaborative artist regionally and internationally. Kripfgans received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance (Liturgical, Church, and Synagogue Music) from the University of Michigan.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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