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Acoustic EidolonGUITJO & CELLO DUO
Acoustic Eidolon
Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire incorporate a rich blend of musical influences, including Celtic, contemporary, bluegrass and Latin music to create Acoustic Eidolon’s unique sound. As they perform throughout North America and Europe, Scott plays an instrument he invented: the guitjo, an acoustic guitar with two necks. Scott’s playing is even more impressive with the knowledge that he has triumphed over focal dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects his hand, by relearning how to play the guitar in a new way. Combine Scott’s talent with Alkire’s stunning tone and impeccable cello playing, and you have an exciting new acoustic sound. 
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


San, Emily & JacobCONTEMPORARY FOLK & MORE
San, Emily & Jacob

San Slomovits, along with his brother Laz, as the duo Gemini, have been a popular folk duo throughout Michigan and the U.S. since 1973, and San’s daughter Emily began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old. Emily is an accomplished violinist, having studied classical violin for more than a decade, and has a lovely and unique singing style. Jacob Warren studies bass at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and is principal bassist of the University Philharmonia Orchestra. San, Emily and Jacob’s beautifully blended vocal harmonies and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into a wide variety of American and international music, and audiences thrill to their warmth, humor and ease on stage.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Gabe Bolkosky & Michele CookerCLASSICAL VIOLIN & PIANO
Gabe Bolkosky & Michele Cooker

Detroit native Gabe Bolkosky has performed across the U.S. and abroad, most notably at Carnegie Hall in 2008 in the premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s “Natural Things”.  At U-M, he earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance and a master’s in chamber music, as well as studying improvisation at the master’s level. Bolkosky has worked with young musicians in most of the 50 states as well as parts of Asia. Pianist Michele Cooker has appeared on PBS and live broadcasts for WFMT radio in Chicago and the CBC in Canada. She teaches piano at the Kerrytown Concert House and is a member of the Board of Directors. Together Bolkosky and Cooker present a stylistically varied program with informative and fun commentary from the stage.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Iridescent FlutesFLUTE TRIO
Iridescent Flutes

Iridescent Flutes is a group of classically trained flutists sharing fun, engaging and thought provoking music with the community. Kelsi Gautz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music (BM) at Bowling Green University and is currently the director of the Southeast Michigan flute choir. Melissa-Kay Grey, Master of Music (MM), is a guest clinician with the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, performs with the Dexter Orchestra, and teaches private lessons. Lauren Hughes graduated with a BM from Michigan State, and a MM from Wright State University. In the fall, she will join the University of Oklahoma's Doctor of Musical Arts program. Please come and enjoy the trio perform works including, Bach, Simaku, Quantz, Haydn and more.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Gerald RossFINGERSTYLE GUITAR & UKULELE
Gerald Ross

Successfully blending the sounds of jazz, blues and swing, Gerald Ross has created a guitar style uniquely his own. Whether he is playing swing, blues, pop or tropical flavored melodies, Ross’ good humor and outstanding musical talent are captivating. Ross appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and he has performed with such greats as Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, May 29, 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 JUNE PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

SUMMER COURTYARD CONCERT SERIES

BluescastersELECTRIC BLUES
The Bluescasters
Come celebrate the beginning of summer at Gifts of Art’s Summer Courtyard Concert Series opener with the Bluescasters. This well-known Ann Arbor group was formed in 2004 by Harry Rodman (percussion & vocals), Doug Wolgat (bass & vocals) and Kerry Adams (guitar and vocals). They were later joined by multi-instrumentalist Phil Ryski (guitar, piano, harp & vocals). Since then, the band has released three award nominated albums. Their fourth album, Something Going Down, will be available at the end of May. The Bluescasters bring their original, high energy music to festivals and nightclubs throughout Michigan.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
Rain location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Creole du NordCAJUN & ZYDECO MUSIC
Creole du Nord

Creole du Nord’s sound can be traced to southwestern Louisiana. They play Zydeco, Cajun, Creole & other traditional music that suggests sounds from pre- mass media Americana. Mixing things up between the different forms, most of it is dance, dance, dance. It’s what the band refers to as "down home sound for sawing or two-steppin’ on a sawdust floor." Chuck Anderson plays bass; Mark Palms, fiddle and accordion; Mike Zivsak, fiddle and scrubboard; Geoff Kinde, drums; and Randy Markey, guitar. This concert is part of the UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series presented by Gifts of Art.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

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


Greg "Super Gee" McKinneyJAZZ, R&B, SOUL & CLASSIC ROCK
Super Gee Crew

Super Gee Crew has been providing musical entertainment for Michiganders for over twenty-five years. With a song list that spans three generations, the party never ends. Greg “Super Gee” McKinney is retired from the University of Michigan Health System, where he worked in the main operating rooms. He’s now a basketball referee, baseball umpire and ballroom dance teacher. Super Gee plays keyboard; Dan Goree, guitar; Ted Brannon, bass; and Richard Simpson, drums. This concert is part of the UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series presented by Gifts of Art.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
Rain location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Los GatosSALSA!
Los Gatos

Pete Siers, drummer and leader of the renowned Latin jazz combo Los Gatos, is a powerful, intensely physical and dynamic player on timbales, coro and percussion. In addition to Siers, the other four members of the group, Cary Kocher, on vibes and coro; Kurt Krahnke, bass; Brian Di Blassio, piano and coro; and Al Di Blassio, congas, vocals and percussion, are all world class performers. They have each toured extensively and have been performing in Los Gatos for over 10 years. With Siers, this group’s rhythm section is remarkable, but for many listeners, the distinctive feature of Los Gatos is Cary Kocher’s vibraphone sound, which can send a cool flow down your back on a hot summer day. This concert is part of the UMHS Summer Courtyard Concert Series presented by Gifts of Art.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
University Hospital Courtyard
Rain location: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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