You’re invited: Free U-M Life Sciences Orchestra concert

March 21, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

After two years away from performing, including a last-minute cancellation of the planned January 2022 concert due to the Omicron surge of the pandemic, the Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) returns to the stage on April 1! 

The LSO is made up of U-M doctors, nurses, scientists, engineers and other health and science professionals, students and alumni.

The program will begin with Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony, No. 31 in D major. Next up will be Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement, featuring Xiaoya Liu on piano. Price was the first African-American female composer to have her works performed by major symphony orchestras. The concert will conclude with two first movements from works by famous French composers: Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Masks are required.

The LSO will perform under the batons of Yeo Ryeong Ahn, the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., music director and a doctoral student in conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and assistant conductor and SMTD graduate student Leonard Bopp. 

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine and accepts donations to support its concerts. 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 or entry requirements due to pandemic protocols will be posted on the LSO website at http://lso.med.umich.edu, and on the LSO Facebook page (www.facebook.com/umlso) by the morning of the performance date.

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

Concert COVID-19 protocols:

  • All attendees and performers must complete the ResponsiBLUE screening and show their results on a smartphone or print out on arrival. Those who are part of the U-M community should log in to use ResponsiBLUE; those who are not part of the U-M community should use this link: https://bit.ly/LSOguest. Screening MUST be completed for each member of the party including children.
  • All attendees must wear a good-fitting mask over their nose and mouth at all times except when drinking water.
  • No children under age 3 will be allowed.
  • No refreshments will be sold or allowed, though water may be brought in.
  • Families with 3- and 4-year-old children (too young to be vaccinated), and any party that includes children/adults who are not yet fully vaccinated, are asked to sit apart from others.

Hope to see you there!

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