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U-M Freshman Touring CompanyMODERN DANCE
U-M Freshman Touring Company
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The U-M Department of Dance Freshman Touring Company (FTC) has a 30-year tradition of performing in the Ann Arbor community. This 2018 season-opening performance features Chair Pillow by iconic choreographer Yvonne Rainer, restaged by Pat Catterson; Root Vegetables by U-M dance alumna Eryn Rosenthal; and works by student choreographers Michaela Esteban, Cailin Ferguson, Sheli Ruffer, Kandis Terry and Kiara Williams. Directed by Associate Professor Robin Wilson, the FTC is a central part of the curriculum of all first-year dance majors. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



San, Emily & JacobFOLK & POPULAR MUSIC
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The trio of San, Emily & Jacob formed in 2013, but they have a long history together. San Slomovits, with his brother Laz, comprise the popular folk duo Gemini, and San’s daughter Emily Slomovits first joined them on stage when she was eight years old. Jacob Warren and Emily have known and played together since Kindergarten. Emily is an accomplished violinist and vocalist, and Jacob studies bass performance at U-M. Their beautifully blended harmonies and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, classical, Broadway show tunes and more, and audiences thrill to their warmth, humor and ease on stage. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Tabatha Easley & Tracy CowdenMULTICULTURAL CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL
Tabatha Easley & Tracy Cowden
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On tour from Virginia, Detroit native Tracy Cowden (piano), and Alaskan-born Tabatha Easley (flute), will present Pulse: Enchantments in Movement and Nature. It features music that is inspired by movement in nature and dance traditions from around the world, including South America and Australia. Promoting the work of living composers, they perform internationally featuring women composers for flute and piano; bi-culturalism (drawing on a second culture for inspiration) in American flute repertoire; and the music of Australian and New Zealand composers Carl Vine, Ross Edwards and Gareth Farr. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



CHAMBER MUSIC
U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensembles

Comprised of players from the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO), this concert features ensemble performances of pieces by Bach and Aaron Copland, highlighting the talent found within the orchestra. The LSO, a program of Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine, provides performance opportunities for the many faculty, staff, students, scientists, volunteers and alumni in medical, health science and life science disciplines at the university who have previous musical training but few opportunities to play. This season the orchestra is led by Chelsea Gallo, the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. Music Director. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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U-M 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 performance opportunities for the many faculty, staff and students in life science disciplines at the university who have previous musical training but few opportunities to play. For its spring concert in the celebrated Hill Auditorium, the LSO will perform pieces by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Bruch and Prokofiev. There will be a pre-concert lecture by Chelsea Gallo, the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. Music Director at 6:45 pm.
Life Sciences Orchestra free concert
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Harrington-BrownGYPSY JAZZ
Harrington-Brown San, Emily & Jacob listen

Harrington-Brown is a powerhouse duo comprised of Ann Arbor guitarists Michael Harrington (freelance guitarist) and Andrew Brown (Appleseed Collective). Sharing the love of Django Reinhardt, the two come together and perform repertoire of the Hot Club of France and traditional jazz and swing music from the early 20th century.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Bob Sweet TrioPIANO JAZZ
Bob Sweet Trio
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Having been part of the southeastern Michigan jazz scene for decades, these three musicians – Bob Sweet (drums), Kurt Krahnke (bass), Tad Weed (piano) – bring a wealth of experience steeped in the unique flavor of the Detroit jazz tradition. Tad Weed has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz including John Patitucci, Mundell Lowe, Carmen McCrae, Charles Lloyd and Woody Herman. Expect fresh, creative group interplay and distinctive treatments of classic and lesser known jazz standards.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Bob Sweet TrioPAPER SUCCULENT WORKSHOP
Marie Otto
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Paper Petaler owner and paper florist, Marie Otto, will guide participants in the creation of a handmade paper flowering succulent. Using materials that are all free of charge – crepe paper, hot glue and stem wire – participants will learn the basics of handmade paper florals while enjoying a hands-on experience. A clay pot for display will also be included, free of charge. Otto is a Michigan native, based in Dearborn, who believes in the healing power of people gathering around a craft, and the happiness that comes from handmade items. If you have a large group, please call Gifts of Art at 734.936.ARTS (2787), as space is limited.
Gifts of Art & U-M Social Work free workshop for Grief Awareness Month
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



CHAMBER MUSIC
U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensembles

Featuring U-M Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) Concertmaster John-Michael Muller on violin, LSO members Kathleen Bergen and Ellen Guise on flute, Carl Engelke on trumpet, Angie Noble on English horn, and Téa Prokes on violin, LSO ensembles will perform works by Bach, Copland and Ewazen. The LSO, a program of Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine, provides performance opportunities for the many faculty, staff, students, scientists, volunteers and alumni in medical, health science and life science disciplines at the university who have previous musical training but few opportunities to play. Bobby Porter and Kathryn West will provide piano accompaniment.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



SINGER-SONGWRITER
Mary Collins
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Mary Collins is a young singer-songwriter born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her music weaves together graceful melodies and intricate guitar lines to create honest, emotional songs. Growing up she was heavily influenced by bluegrass and folk artists, listening to James Taylor, Nickel Creek, and Peter, Paul & Mary on every family road trip. She studied guitar with local U-M alums Theo Katzman and Chris Dupont, began writing songs and hasn’t stopped since! She is currently a senior at Huron High School, where she is involved in choir and theater.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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