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Cedric & Lauren PritchettSNOWFLAKE MAKING WORKSHOP
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. 3, 2014 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.
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 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


Jin Hwa LeeCLASSICAL SOLO PIANO
Jin Hwa Lee

Since her New York debut concerts at Carnegie Weil Hall and St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville, Korean-born Jin Hwa Lee has established herself as a pianist of vigor and perceptive insight. Lee earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from U-M, and previously studied at Peabody Conservatory and Seoul National University. In addition to performances in Detroit, Baltimore, Rochester, San Jose and Ann Arbor, she has been invited to perform at Oberlin Conservatory and Eastmann School of Music as a guest performer through the Doctor of Musical Arts Piano Exchange Series. Lee has also performed at music festivals in Europe and Korea. This program will include Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


U-M Performance Outreach ProgramVIOLIN/PIANO DUO
Yi-Chun Lin & Tzu-Yin Huang

This concert features two students who are a part of the Outreach Program for the Perfoming Arts at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Violinist Yi-Chun Lin has given several recitals and has served as concertmaster of orchestras in New York, Taiwan and many music festivals worldwide. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Pianist Tzu-Yin Huang has been playing piano since she was four years old and is pursuing a master's degree in Piano Solo Performance and Chamber Music.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 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, 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 thirteenth season winter concert in the celebrated Hill Auditorium, the LSO will perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Brahms. The orchestra performs two free concerts per year, this being the first. 
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 4:00 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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Souls AlikeFOLK/ROCK TRIO
Souls Alike

Megan Chartier (cello), Bob Huffman (guitar and vocals) and Tracy Huffman (vocals) form a dynamic folk/rock trio. Tracy Huffman began her vocal career at the young age of 11 when she was chosen to participate in an all-star choir to back-up Karen Carpenter and Barry Manilow. As an adult, Tracy has been a vocalist in various R&B/pop bands throughout the Midwest since the mid-eighties. Bob Huffman studied music in Hollywood, California and Boston, Massachusetts and is currently a music therapist at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Megan Chartier has been playing cello for thirteen years and is pursuing a master’s degree in Cello Performance at U-M.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Hiroya TsukamotoACOUSTIC WORLD MUSIC
Hiroya Tsukamoto Tsukamoto listen

Hiroya Tsukamoto, from Kyoto, Japan, is currently based in New York City. He came to the US in 2000, and since then has been leading concerts here and abroad, including appearances at the Blue Note in New York City. He has developed a unique acoustic sound, blending folk music with his Japanese roots.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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UPCOMING FEBRUARY PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Chaz RussellMUSICAL JAZZ HISTORY
Chaz & Friends
For this program, Chaz & Friends will showcase jazz evolution around the world. You’ll travel to Dizzy Gillespie’s "Night in Tunisia" and Blue Hawaii, hear Dave Bruebeck's "Take Five", as well as hear originals by the Band, My Favorite Things and more. Jazz hits will be brought to life with solos on various instruments. The band will perform music from geographic locations in different countries and explain the timeline of events that led to them. Janiela Russell plays bass, Dajhumbay Russell is on guitar, and Chaz Russel plays flute and vibes.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


EtceteraVINTAGE AMERICAN POP
Etcetera

Etcetera is a lively octet that sings and swings the standards. The group’s four-part vocals and stylized choreography of favorite American numbers are delivered with a dash of humor and a lot of pizzazz. Etcetera brings close harmonies, a mix of original and classic songs and a unique blend of song and choreography to audiences throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond. The singers in the group are Anne Bauman, Dick Bauman, Jan Carpman, Bob Collins, Pam Gibb, Steve Mandell, Mary Ellen Weakley and Bill Weakley. Joyce Reese is the accompanist.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Mady KouyateWEST AFRICAN KORA MUSIC
Djely Mady Kouyate

Mady Kouyate was born in Senegal into a highly respected centuries-old line of musicians and praise singers known as Djelys, or Griots. In West Africa, Griots (traditional historians, genealogists and storytellers) keep history alive in their story and song. One of the Griots' traditional instruments, the kora, is a lute-like instrument made from a large calabash with 21 strings. The Kouyate family, including both of Mady Kouyate's parents, his uncle, and his brother, were his first and best teachers of the artistry of music and verse. He also studied with the famous Toumani Diabate while attending L'institute Nationale Des Arts. Kouyate now lives in the US, and he wishes to share with you the wisdom of his fathers.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Dave SharpINTERNATIONAL JAZZ
Dave Sharp World Jazz Trio

Band leader and bassist Dave Sharp leads the World Jazz Trio featuring original compositions from his new CD release Worlds and exciting arrangements of jazz standards. Sharp was born and raised in Detroit where he was exposed to and inspired by the city’s rich music heritage. After receiving a degree from U-M, Sharp moved to San Francisco and studied jazz and music theory with legendary bassist Herbie Lewis at the New College of California. Sharp now resides in Ann Arbor, where he continues to compose, record, teach and perform. His warm tone and driving rhythms make him a stand-out talent in the metro Detroit jazz music scene. Sharp will be joined by Elden Kelly on guitar, glissentar and cumbus, and Carolyn Koebel on percussion.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109



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