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Iridescent FlutesFLUTE TRIO
Iridescent Flutes
Formed in 2012, Iridescent Flutes is a trio of classically trained flutists who bring their inspiration to others by sharing fun, engaging and thought provoking music. Melissa-Kay Grey, director of Iridescent Flutes, is a freelance musician and private flute instructor. She has performed with multiple ensembles and is currently 2nd flute of the Dexter Community Orchestra. Sue Whitener is an active soloist, orchestral musician and flute teacher. She was principle flutist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra for one year prior to joining the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra over 13 years ago. Gail Green is a music instructor, judge and director of the Michigan Flute Orchestra. She lives in Brighton, Michigan and performs with various ensembles in Michigan and Canada.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Ann Arbor Klezmer TrioTRADITIONAL KLEZMER MUSIC
Ann Arbor Klezmer Trio Ann Arbor Klezmer Trio listen

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 with the Avraham Ben Ze’ev Orchestra throughout the state and beyond.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

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


CounterpointHOLIDAY HARMONIES
Counterpoint Counterpoint listen

Come enjoy some of your Christmas favorites with the local band Counterpoint. They are named Counterpoint because they often take two separate melodies and perform them simultaneously as one song. Performing their holiday concert with Gifts of Art for over 20 years now, their blended vocal harmonies and refreshing arrangements of seasonal favorites have become a UMHS tradition. With Debbie Colesa, Deborah Davis, and Laurie Williams on vocals, Peter Tchoryk on trumpet and vocals, guitarist Dave Karl and bass player Daniel McConnell, their full bodied yet easy listening sound is enlivening. Guest performers often make appearances, and the band brings song lyrics, extra percussion instruments and bells for audience members to join in on the fun.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Arbor ConsortSTROLLING VICTORIAN CAROLING
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 20, 2015, 1:30-4:00 pm
University Hospital Patient Care Areas
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Wanda DegenSWEET SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Wanda Degen

Wanda Degen has a lifelong love of music and history that shines through as she performs traditional carols and holiday standards with a mix of musical history, warmth, and fun. Performing on autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimers, and vocals, Degen’s repertoire combines traditional, contemporary and original selections. Listeners will hear unusual arrangements of some familiar classics as well as some ancient, uncommon tunes in the Celtic repertoire from the British Isles and Appalachia. She is Lansing-based, but travels extensively around Michigan sharing her music with audiences of all ages.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, Dec 24, 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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NO CONCERT
Thursday, Dec 31, 2015
Happy Holidays!


UPCOMING JANUARY PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Thomas L. ClarkSNOWFLAKE MAKING WORKSHOP
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 March 13, 2016 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. Video about Dr. Clark's exhibits with Gifts of Art and how to make a snowflake. Printable instructions.
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 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


Stratus EnsembleFLUTE & PERCUSSION
Stratus Ensemble

Two of the areas finest chamber musicians have joined to form Stratus Ensemble. This contemporary combination
of flute (Joanna Goldstein) and percussion (Shane Jones) has quickly become popular amongst audiences of all ages and backgrounds. With diverse repertoire from jazz influences such as Astor Piazzolla, to classical favorite J.S. Bach, there is something for everyone!
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Matt WatrobaFOLK SINGER/SONGWRITER
Matt Watroba

Michigan’s Matt Watroba has been building his repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk songs for over 25 years. He sings both original and traditional songs of compassion, inner strength, humor and everyday living, and his voice goes straight to the heart. His goal is to leave the audience feeling better than they did when they came in. Watroba was the radio host of "Folks Like Us" for over 20 years on WDET-FM. He has performed at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Detroit 300 Celebration, the Ark, and the Spirit of the Woods Festival, and he has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie and Shawn Colvin, among others.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:10-1:00 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 (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 Beethoven, Grieg and Sibelius. The orchestra performs two free concerts per year, this being the first. 
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 4:00 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Choi-Lim DuoCLASSICAL PIANO DUO
Christine Choi & Kyoo Hye Lim

Having already established themselves as solo pianists, Christine Choi and Kyoo Hye Lim began their professional career as duo pianists as graduates of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Performing on one piano (four hands), the Choi-Lim Duo brings to the performance stage exciting programs of masterpieces for the genre, including famous works by Brahms, Dvorak and Ravel. Their passion is to create a rich and diverse concert experience for audiences by performing both well known and unknown works written for piano duet or piano duo.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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