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Orville GrantJAZZ & BROADWAY PIANO
Orville Grant

Orville Grant has enjoyed playing music and teaching for over 25 years. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Berklee School of Music. Grant’s jazz band launched many performers’ careers: pianist Cedric Lawson played for Miles Davis; drummer Ralph Penland went on to play for Freddy Hubbard; saxophone player Darnell Smith played with Isaac Hayers; and guitarist Aurel Ray with Lonnie Liston Smith. More recently, Grant received a degree in Contemporary Jazz Studies from Washtenaw Community College and has played Kerrytown Concert House, among others.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Barton PolotJAZZ & CLASSICAL PIANO
Barton Polot

Barton Polot is Chair of the Department of Music at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, where he teaches electronic music and music theory. His doctorate from U-M is in Music Education, he served on the faculty of U-M and University of Toledo, and he launched the successful Ann Arbor Community High School jazz program. Polot is also a music advocate, and he has served on the board of the Michigan Philharmonic, Michigan Jazz Festival and the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association, among others. For 15 years, he was the house pianist at Ann Arbor’s Gandy Dancer restaurant in Ann Arbor in the ‘70s & ‘80s. His repertoire is extensive, and he often takes requests.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Wyman DuoCLASSICAL & RAGTIME FLUTE & PIANO
Wyman Duo

Siblings Laura and Ted Wyman have been playing flute and piano together since they were in elementary school in Ann Arbor. Laura has a degree in flute performance from U-M. She also owns Wyman Video, specializing in documentary photo and video. Ted studied classical, ragtime and jazz with Sarah Albright, Barton Polot and Mike Grace during his time at Community High School. He is an accomplished and versatile accompanist, working with instrumentalists, vocalists and choral groups, including Ben Cohen's Vocal Arts Ensemble. Laura and Ted are two of the founding members of the River Raisin Ragtime Revue.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



DerzierCELTIC FUSION
Derzier

Derzier is led by Kelly McDermott, known for her dazzling flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier (strings, percussion and vocals) to research and arrange ballads and dances of the UK and Europe. They uniquely blend elements of classical, folk, jazz and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids. They move audiences with funky reels, “barn burner” jigs, and deep, soulful glimpses of old stories. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


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UPCOMING OCTOBER CONCERTS


Two TenorsMUSICAL THEATRE & CABARET
The Two Tenors

The Two Tenors (Jeffrey Willets & Jay Kaplan), with the assistance of pianist Elisabeth Wagner and
percussionist Jessie Gibbs, will tickle your funny bone and tingle your spine with October themed musical pieces from the American musical theatre and Cabaret repertoire. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Pete Siers & Mr. BBLUES & BOOGIE-WOOGIE PIANO
Mr. B & Pete Siers

Pianist and vocalist Mr. B., a.k.a. Mark Lincoln Braun, is a rare link to the first generation of blues and boogie-woogie pianists. Mr. B learned directly from Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red and Blind John Davis. He has performed coast to coast and throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico and South America. 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 has played Carnegie Hall, has toured Europe several times, and is a long-time favorite at many jazz festivals across the US.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Souls AlikeFOLK/ROCK
Souls Alike

Tracy Huffman began her vocal career at the young age of 11 when she was chosen to participate in an all-star choir to back-up Karen Carpenter and Barry Manilow. As an adult, Tracy has been a vocalist in various R&B/pop bands throughout the Midwest since the mid-eighties. Bob Huffman studied music in Hollywood, California and Boston, Massachusetts and is currently a music therapist at Michigan Medicine in the Rogel Cancer Center. Bob has played music professionally for over 30 years and in 2008 released an all-acoustic instrumental CD entitled Forever and a Day.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



GeminiFOLK MUSIC & MORE
Gemini

Twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits, nationally known for their music for children and families, also have a wide-ranging repertoire for adults. From the classic folk songs of the 1960s (Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary), to well-loved show tunes from Broadway and movie musicals, to traditional vocal and instrumental music from around the world, Gemini performs it all with sparkling, genetically matched harmonies, and nearly a dozen instruments. They will be joined on drums by U-M School of Music graduate and local performer and music teacher, Mike Morrison.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Belen StudioCLASSICAL VIOLIN & PIANO
Danielle Belen's Studio

This performance is a part of the U-M Community Outreach Performance Series, an engaged-learning initiative of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). Student performers prepare repertoire and high quality cultural experiences for the surrounding community with assistance from SMTD faculty and staff. U-M Professor Danielle Belen’s violin studio is comprised of some of the top young players in the country. Under her tutelage, they have won major prizes in national and international competitions including the Menuhin, Stulberg and Klein competitions, as well as being accepted into major conservatories and universities across the country. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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