U-M Life Sciences Orchestra celebrates American musical traditions in free upcoming concert

December 21, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Three engaging and inspiring works with their roots in American musical traditions are on the program as the Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) — made up of U-M doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers and other health and science professionals, students and alumni — returns to the stage. 

All three works were composed in the U.S. and have a decidedly American sound, in keeping with the “This Is America” theme of U-M’s 2022 celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The program includes a work by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have her compositions performed by major symphony orchestras. Her Piano Concerto in One Movement will feature soloist Xiaoya Liu, a graduate of the doctoral program in piano performance at U-M who has won top prizes in several international competitions.

The concert, under the baton of the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. Music Director, Yeo Ryeong Ahn, a doctoral student in conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and assistant conductor and SMTD graduate student Leonard Bopp, is free and open to the public. 

It will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9 at Hill Auditorium. Please arrive early to allow time for Covid-related screening, details follow.

The LSO does accept donations to support its concerts.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art Program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine. The LSO gives members an outlet for their musical talents and a chance to interact with one another across related academic disciplines and professions. 

 Any updates to the concert schedule due to weather or pandemic protocols will be posted on the LSO website at https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/lso/, and on the LSO Facebook page, www.facebook.com/umlso.  

For more information on the concert or the LSO, email orchestra@umich.edu or call Gifts of Art at 734-936-ARTS (2787). 


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