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Pete Siers TrioPIANO JAZZ TRIO
Pete Siers Trio

Jazz percussionist Pete Siers has an international reputation for his intensely physical yet dynamically sensitive drumming, attention to detail, and mastery of many different styles. He recently played Carnegie Hall, has toured Europe several times, and is a long-time favorite at many jazz festivals across the US. In addition to his performance and recording career, Siers has taught percussion and jazz drumming for over 25 years at U-M, Emory University and Interlochen School of the Arts, among others. For his piano jazz trio, he is joined by Tad Weed on piano and Dave Bennett on clarinet. The jazz arrangements are unique yet reminiscent of the 1950s Gene Krupa Trio.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


violinPRE-COLLEGE STRING STUDENTS
U-M String Preparatory Academy

The String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance provides the highest quality of string training to pre-college musicians in elementary through high school. Cello and violin students receive private lessons with faculty, guest, and graduate student instructors. All String Preparatory Academy students participate in monthly masterclasses presented by renown U-M string faculty. Students also receive instruction in the preparation and presentation of concerts within the community.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

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


Tracy Kash ThomasIRISH MUSIC & MORE
Tracy Kash Thomas & Pat Shanley Tracy Kash Thomas listen

Armed with a bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, Tracy Kash Thomas is an accomplished classical and jazz flutist who is now actively songwriting, arranging and performing on flute, vocals and piano. She won the 2009 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and has been nominated for many others in recent years, including Jazz Composer, Jazz Instrumentalist and R&B Artist. Guitarist Pat Shanley is best known for his tenure with the award-winning Detroit band Tangerine Trousers and has performed with a wide variety of blues and rock ensembles.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Royal Garden TrioVINTAGE SWING
Royal Garden Trio Royal Garden Trio listen

The Royal Garden Trio plays swing music reminiscent of the 1930’s, but with an ear toward the future of improvisational jazz. The partnership of Brian Delaney on guitar, Tom Bogardus on tenor guitar and clarinet, and Mike Karoub on cello is synergetic. Blending a sound of the Parisian café with the American nightclub, they manage to be fresh, original and sophisticated without being exotic. The group covers an exciting repertoire including traditional jazz, classic show tunes and gypsy-style swing. You might have heard the Royal Garden Trio's original music as the soundtrack for the DIA's TV commercials, "Let Yourself Go".
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, March 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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Angels on CallCHORAL MUSIC
Angels on Call
Angels on Call is a University of Michigan philanthropic a cappella group which strives to create community relationships through performing for charitable organizations, hospitals and nursing homes. Angels on Call donates all of its proceeds from each concert to a specific charity. This year, they have chosen to monetarily benefit and raise awareness for the National Alliance for Mental Illness. The group includes: Katie Murray, Leora Goldbloom-Helzner, Sophia Park, Allie McMellen, Jessica Leung, Monica Dollive, Toni Wang, Brian Zhang, Demario Longmire, Nolan Marsh, Riley McCune, Ryan Gentil, Thomas Kratofil and Steven Hwang.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Nadhamuni Gayatri BharatINDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
Nadhamuni Gayatri Bharat

Nadhamuni Gayatri Bharat’s music has its root in Indian classical music. Her style of music arose out of her spiritual experience while growing up under a great Yogi (Seer), Swami Nana-ji. Since her infancy, she was lucky to listen to and participate with the devotional music sessions that her Seer held every day. In this context, it is her belief that she closely intermingled with divinely and highly elevated souls and was blessed by them with a mystic voice to cure numerous ailments through her music. Nadhamuni Gayatri Bharat is a vocalist, Lakshminarasimhan plays harmonium and Dan Piccolo plays tabla. For information on the U-M India in the World theme semester, please visit: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/india
Gifts of Art Free Concert

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


Freshman Touring CompanyCONTEMPORARY DANCE
U-M Freshman Touring Company

Over 25 years ago, U-M Professor of Dance Bill DeYoung founded the Freshmen Touring Company with the intent to provide first year dance majors with the opportunity to learn and perform repertory around southeastern Michigan. The 2014 season, under the direction of Robin Wilson, features works by U-M Dance alumni Jennifer Harge; guest choreographers Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello; current U-M Dance students Hillary Kooistra, Ambika Raina and Alexis Turner; and U-M Dance faculty Robin Wilson. Led by these choreographers, the students explore and develop their artistry within the practice of modern dance.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


celloCELLO RECITAL
cellochan

Now 21 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. Cellochan students and Smith will perform pieces in this recital.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


U-M Life Sciences OrchestraJOURNEY TO RUSSIA: SYMPHONY 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 spring concert in the celebrated Hill Auditorium, the LSO will perform pieces by Borodin, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. The orchestra performs two free concerts per year, this being the second. 
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 4:00 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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