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Matt WatrobaFOLK SINGER/SONGWRITER
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Michigan’s Matt Watroba has been building his repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk songs for over 25 years. He sings both original and traditional songs of compassion, inner strength, humor and everyday living, with a voice that goes straight to the heart. His goal is to leave the audience feeling better than they did when they came in. He has performed at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Detroit 300 Celebration, The Ark, and Spirit of the Woods Festival, and he has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie and Shawn Colvin, among others. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Feb 2, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Brad McNett DuoLOVE SONGS
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Blessed with a rich natural tone, Brad McNett was first introduced to the Great American Songbook at the age of ten. Vintage recordings, films and sheet music have helped him create his unique repertoire which features both obscure and well known songs from composers such as Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen and Frank Loesser, to name a few. He is joined by award winning jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart whose stand-out talent is instrumental solos and arrangements of solo chord melody tunes. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Katharine BallMUSICAL THEATER & CABARET
Katharine Ball with Andrew Meagher

Katharine Ball is a professional singer and graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She has performed locally and around the U.S, including Alaska. Ball was a semifinalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos’ international competition. Her accompanist Andrew Meagher, a Michigan graduate in Organ Performance, plays for various churches in the area. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



U-M String StudentsCLASSICAL VIOLIN
U-M String Students

For over 125 years, the University of Michigan School of Music has provided the finest education and experience in the performing arts. Now renamed the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), it continues to attract some of the nation’s top students. Stuart Carlson will perform “Rondo” by Mozart; Janet Lyu, “Sonata” by Bach; Sung Woo Yoon,“Spring Sonata” by Beethoven; and Carmen Flesher, “Concerto” by Schumann. They all study with Professor Stephen Shipps, and Naki Kripfgans will provide piano accompaniment. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



UPCOMING MARCH PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Louis NagelCLASSICAL PIANO
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As a part of the University of Michigan bicentennial celebration, this concert features a performer with a long and distinguished U-M history. Louis Nagel is a concert pianist who has performed around the world as a soloist and chamber recitalist and with orchestra. Having served on the faculty for 47 years, he is professor emeritus of piano and piano literature in the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) and is the 2016 recipient of the annual SMTD Harold Haugh Award for excellence in private studio teaching. 30 years ago, Nagel selected the Yamaha C3 grand piano and gave the inaugural concert for the Gifts of Art performing arts program, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Xiwen ShengCHINESE CALLIGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION
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Chinese calligraphy is an art form that comes from the writing of Chinese characters with special tools: calligraphy brush, ink and rice paper. It shows not only the artist’s skill, but also their inner and outer life. Chinese calligraphy is considered a reflection of the soul. Xiwen Sheng, visiting scholar and Chinese Associate Director of the U-M Confucius Institute, will show examples of some of his work and demonstrate painting participants’ names. There will also be the opportunity to try some simple calligraphic techniques. No experience or Chinese language skill required. If planning to bring a group, please call Gifts of Art at 734-936-ARTS (2787), as space is limited.
Gifts of Art free art demonstration
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Big FunIRISH FIDDLE MUSIC
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All over 6 ft. tall and full of fun, Big Fun has been playing around the Midwest since 2012, ranging from Toronto to Columbus, and many points in between. One of the best Irish fiddlers around, Marty Somberg has hosted the Sunday night Irish music session at Conor O’Neill’s pub in Ann Arbor for sixteen years. Joined by Myron Grant on vocals, guitar, harmonica and the bones; and Brad Battey on fiddle and foot percussion, this Ann Arbor based trio will play Irish fiddle music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Ballet ChelseaDANCES FROM GISELLE
Ballet Chelsea

For 20 years, Ballet Chelsea has operated as a non-profit to provide dance training and performance opportunities for young dance students. It has grown over the years to now provide enrichment activities, master classes, summer intensives and pre-professional studies. For this concert, Ballet Chelsea will present selections from the romantic ballet Giselle. Ballet Chelsea will perform this ballet at the Performing Arts Complex, Chelsea High School on March 11 & 12, 2017. The performers include Stephanie Dehoorne, Lauren Yordanich, Patrick McCrae, Natalie Krrienke, Quinn Dammeyer and Alex Kulick, among others. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:10-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



U-M String Prep AcademyAWARD WINNING YOUTH RECITAL
U-M String Preparatory Academy

The String Preparatory Academy at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) 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 as well as participate in monthly master classes by renowned U-M string faculty. Performers include Trinity Chen (10 yrs old), Stanley Chapel (14), and Soomin Lee (15). Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on UMHS Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 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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