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Tad WeedAMERICAN SONGBOOK
Tad Weed – Tad Weed listen now
Tad Weed is a powerhouse of a pianist who relocated from Los Angeles to Ann Arbor. Weed has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz including John Patitucci, Mundell Lowe, Carmen McCrae, Charles Lloyd and Woody Herman. His artistically rich and diverse background allows him to bring different influences to his music. He has played concerts, clubs, television and radio around the world, and he is in great demand for his piano clinics, offered in collaboration with other well-known pianists throughout the US.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Paul VornHagenJAZZ STANDARDS
Paul VornHagen Trio – Paul VornHagen listen now
Winner of five Detroit Music Awards, Ann Arborite Paul VornHagen will present a program of choice jazz standards including composers Cole Porter, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Gershwin, Jobim and Duke Ellington. VornHagen and the band have performed at all of the major jazz festivals and  nightclubs  in Michigan and have recorded five critically acclaimed CDs that have been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs. You’ll hear Paul VornHagen on saxophone, flute and vocals; Kurt Krahnke on bass; and Phil Kelly on piano.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Jake ReichbartSOLO GUITAR
Jake Reichbart – Jake Reichbart listen now
There’s a reason guitarist Jake Reichbart has been asked to perform for two US Presidents. The virtuoso has been delighting audiences across the Midwest with his romantic and disciplined techniques for the past 20 years. His seemingly effortless abilities have delivered striking guitar performances at the governor’s inaugural ball, and he has received numerous praises and accolades for his performances and recordings. A respected bandleader, Reichbart’s forte lies in his instrumental solo work, tastefully interpreting classic jazz and pop standards in his unique style.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Suzhou Kun OperaCHINESE OPERA DEMONSTRATION & EXCERPTS
Suzhou Kun Opera Theater
Gifts of Art is pleased to present a free demonstration and performance in partnership with UMS and the Confucius Institute. Directed by Cai Shaohua, the Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province will conduct an artistic demonstration and plain clothes performance of kunqu – classical Chinese opera – at the U-M Health System, offering a rare glimpse into the inner workings of this 600 year old art form. Kunqu is known for its blending of dramatic literature, soulful singing and elegant dancing. The genre is now enjoying a revival, blending classical stories and performance practices with contemporary staging interpretations and technologies, similar to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new, yet authentic, interpretations of classical English plays. An exhibit of photographs of kunqu by Xu, Zengquan are on exhibit in the Gifts of Art Gallery ‐ University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1 from August 20-October 8, 2012. View video excerpts from a 2008 production by the Suzhou Kun Opera on the UMS webpage under the Listen & Watch tab. Ticketed performances by the group will be held at the U-M Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre on Sept. 28 and 29, 2012.
Gifts of Art Concert in partnership with UMS & Confucius Institute
Thursday
, Sept. 27, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Upcoming October Performances & Events

Laz & San SlomovitsFOLK MUSIC OF THE '60s
Folk Revival Band
Come hear "Blowin' in the Wind," "If I Had a Hammer" and other classic songs by Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul and Mary; Simon and Garfunkel and others. In addition, the show will feature traditional American folk songs performed on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, "bones" and folk flutes. The Folk Revival Band consists of twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits (also known as Gemini, Ann Arbor's nationally known children's folk musicians), who came of age during the '60s. They will be joined on drums by U-M School of Music graduate and local music teacher, Mike Morrison.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Joan BelgraveJAZZ & BLUES
Joan Belgrave
Vocalist, producer and songwriter, Joan Belgrave began her musical career like so many others, singing in the choir of the Baptist church. Her versatility as a musical stylist and her classical vocal training allow her to perform in various genres from jazz and blues to gospel and soul. With a powerful voice and her own jazzy/blues style, Belgrave is a touring lead vocalist with Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong & Ray Charles Tribute Jazz Ensemble and Charlie Gabriel’s New Orleans Traditional Jazz Ensemble. Listen closely and find yourself transported on a musical journey from the '30s to the present, including sweet love songs, sorrowful blues and swinging beats.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


LSO Wind OctetCHAMBER MUSIC
Life Sciences Orchestra Wind Octet
The Life Sciences Orchestra Wind Octet is made up of players from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra, a symphony orchestra composed of U-M life sciences faculty, staff, students and family members. The wind octet was a popular musical ensemble configuration in Mozart’s day, and composers of that time have left a rich repertoire that is not often heard. The LSO Wind Octet will play music by Mozart and Franz Krommer, a Czech contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven. Ruth McAdams and Angela Noble will perform on oboe, William Burnham and Maxwell Radin on clarinet, Michael DiPietro and Amy Kilbourne on bassoon, and Edward Norton and Andrew Dill on French horn.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Maggie's Standard Time BandSWING & JAZZ
Maggie's Standard Time Band
This talented and versatile quartet performs sophisticated versions of the most well-loved American swing and jazz standards. Familiar tunes by Cole Porter, Harold Arhlen, Gershwin and Frank Sinatra are given new charm and style as led by Maggie Waltz on bass. With Waltz’s vast background and musical backbone, the rest of the group can be free with the melody, rhythms and solos. Vocalist Kyle Newmeyer, saxophonist Bob Lyons and pianist Jean Wilson don’t miss this chance to shine alongside Maggie.
Gifts of Art Concert
Thursday
, Oct. 25, 2012, 12:10 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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