Wednesday, November 1
Friendship with the Elements
The Browne Center — Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Laz presents "Friendship with the Elements," an accessible, nature-centered philosophy from the Andes Mountain Region of South America. Incorporating music and instruments from Ecuador, as well as fusion music combining indigenous and modern styles, Laz introduces simple, everyday practices we can do to connect with the four elements of nature — earth, air, fire, and water. Based on the teachings of Ecuadorian Shaman, Don Alverto Taxo, these practices — which are found in all ancient cultures — enhance our appreciation of nature and deepen our connection to our own core self.
Saturday, November 4
The Citadel Dance and Music Center
91 Hinkley St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Gemini performs a show for adults, consisting of original songs, as well as classic songs of the 1960’s folk revival. For part of both sets of this concert Gemini will be joined by a wonderful children’s choir called “All God’s Children Community Choir” and their co-founding directors, Larry and Sandy Feldman. Comprised of a racially diverse group of boys and girls, ages three to eighteen, the choir was formed in 2001 with the goal of bridging the racial divide in the Benton Harbor - St. Joseph area. Gemini has sung with “All God’s Children” a number of times in the past, and are honored to have them join in this performance — both because of what they add to the concert musically, but also because of the hope for racial harmony which they represent.
Saturday, November 25
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Bloomfield Township Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Township Public Library
A GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) Family Concert, sponsored by the Library.
Sunday, November 26
The Ark Coffeehouse
316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI
This year, Gemini's annual Thanksgiving Weekend Benefit Concert for Mott Children’s Hospital will be a GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) concert! Emily, San’s daughter, was born and cared for in the Holden NICU of Mott 23 years ago, and this is an annual "Thank You" concert. GEMILY will be joined by their “Good Mischief Band,” Brian Brill on piano, and Aron Kaufman on drums.
Saturday, December 9
Delton District Library
330 N. Grove St., Delton, MI
A Gemini Family Concert as the start of the city's Holiday celebrations.
Sunday, January 7
Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI
A free GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) concert for children and the whole family!
Sunday, January 21
Friends in Songs and Stories
Downtown Ann Arbor Library: Multi-Purpose Room
GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) and AADL’s Laura Pershin Raynor, join forces for a special musical storytelling program for the whole family. This fourth annual concert will include classic songs for children, musical settings of the texts of favorite children’s books, and collaborative storytelling.
Sunday, February 4
Michigan Friends Center, Chelsea, MI
A Gemini Family Concert to benefit the Michigan Friends Center. The event starts at 1:00pm with snow sculpting, sledding, and other winter fun (if the weather agrees), followed by mulled cider and treats at 2:00pm and the concert at 3:00pm.
Tickets $10, $25/family. For more info and to register: 734-475-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 9
Nardin Park United Methodist Church
29887 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI
A GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) Family Concert. For part of the show we'll be joined by a children's choir from the church.
Saturday, March 10
Harmony Bones at Cafe 704
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI
Laz will join Jeanne Mackey, Tom Voiles, Linda Teaman and Eric Fithian (collectively known as “Harmony Bones”) in a wide range of original, traditional and contemporary folk music. Rich harmonies and an array of finstruments — guitar, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, fiddle, banjo, percussion, bass, even sitar! The band’s name, “Harmony Bones,” comes from an acupuncture point that harmonizes imbalances and promotes clear thinking, seeing, and hearing!
Suggested donation is $8 each or 2/$15.
Sunday, March 18
1517 Bayliss St., Midland, MI
A Gemini Family Concert at this wonderful venue that celebrates the arts, offering year-round classes, workshops and performances for all ages. For part of this show we will be joined by the 5th grade choir from Carpenter and Plymouth Schools.
Sunday, March 25
The Ark Coffeehouse
316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor
GEMILY's annual Spring Celebration concert! Join San, Laz and Emily to sing in, and dance in, the return of the beloved season!
Monday, March 26
Alvah N. Belding Library
302 E. Main St., Belding, MI
A Gemini Family Concert sponsored by the Library.
Tuesday, March 27
Greenville High School
111 N. Hillcrest, Greenville, MI
A Gemini Family Concert sponsored by the Greenville school district. For part of the concert we’ll be joined by a children’s choir made up of students from local elementary schools.
Friday, April 6
Family Concert at Early Childhood Conference
Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
A Gemini Family Concert, as part of the Early Childhood Conference at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. For part of this concert, we’ll be joined by a local children’s choir under the direction of a wonderful music teacher, Christine Hayes. Also, on Saturday, April 7th, we’ll be giving workshops for teachers on how to use music in the classroom.
Sunday, April 15
Wild Swan Benefit
The Ark Coffeehouse — 316 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI
Celebrate Wild Swan Theater's 38th season at its annual benefit concert with GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) and an outstanding lineup of local talent who have collaborated with Wild Swan over the years. Storyteller extraordinaire and AADL Youth Librarian Laura Pershin Raynor will be the emcee for this family-friendly fundraiser. American Sign Language shadow interpretation by Synergy on Stage. Buy tickets online or over the phone at 734-646-8623, or at the door the day of the event.
Saturday, May 5
The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
A Gemini Family Concert in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concert Series. This is our sixth time being back in this series, and it’s always a great time in a beautiful hall. To add even more fun to the mix, we’ll be joined by our drummer, Mike Morrison.
Saturday, May 12
6th Annual Benefit Concert in Honor of Helen’s Memory
Cafe 704, Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor MI
Laz played a number of concerts at Cafe 704 over the years, always with his wife Helen, until she passed away in 2012. To honor her memory, and to celebrate her life, Laz is dedicating this yearly concert to her. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to two organizations: one that supports nature preservation, and the other, an emergency shelter for homeless children and their families. Both of these causes were very close to Helen’s heart.
Laz will be joined by a number of musicians, all of whom performed or recorded with Helen over the years. Laz and his guests will sing some of Helen’s songs, as well as original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles.
Monday, June 18
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine St., Dexter, MI
A free GEMILY (Gemini + Emily) Family Concert for the kick-off of the library's Summer Reading Program.