ANN ARBOR, Mich. - For nine years, University of Michigan doctors, scientists, nurses and others have come together to make music as the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra. Now, to close their ninth performance season, the LSO will tackle one of music's greatest masterpieces: the Ninth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.
On Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Hill Auditorium, the LSO will present not only Beethoven's work - with its famous "Ode to Joy" finale - but also a violin solo by a U-M physician and a brass chorale. The concert is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. It will be hosted by Robert Kelch, M.D., U-M executive vice president for medical affairs.
For the Beethoven, the LSO will be joined by four vocal soloists, and by a specially created choir composed of other members of the U-M life sciences community, as well as community members and the Livingston County Chorale. The choir is led by Reed Criddle, a student in the U-M choral conducting program. The vocal soloists are soprano Leonora Green, alto Kristin Eder, tenor Steven Tompkins and baritone Jesse Enderle, all students in the U-M vocal arts program.
The concert will open with Canzona duodecimi toni, by Giovanni Gabrielli. It will be followed by the third movement of Camille Saint Saens' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, featuring soloist Michael Hsu, M.D.
Hsu, a spine specialist at the U-M Health System, won the LSO's Concerto Competition and the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. A composer and songwriter as well as a violinist, Hsu came to Michigan from Washington state, where he soloed with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. Both pieces will be conducted by assistant conductor Christopher Rountree.
The LSO is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to the U-M Health System. The orchestra was founded in the spirit of the U-M effort to encourage collaboration, community and creativity beyond the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines in the basic sciences, health sciences, health care, engineering, social science and the humanities.
The orchestra is made up of members of U-M's medical, health and life science community, including faculty, staff, students, family members and alumni. It gives its members an outlet for their musical talents and a chance to interact with one another across academic disciplines and professions. Founded by students and staff from the U-M Health System, the orchestra made its concert debut in January 2001.