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Mozart, Mahler and more: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra to play free Jan. 30 concert

U-M flute professor Amy Porter will perform with ensemble of doctors, scientists and others

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In a concert that’s sure to warm a cold winter’s night, the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra will present a program of Mozart, Mahler and more on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

The free concert will feature award-winning flutist Amy Porter, a professor at U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance who has an international performing career as well as a renowned talent for teaching. She will play Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major.

Also on the program: Gustav Mahler’s lyrical and haunting Symphony No. 1 in D major, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s rollicking Festive Overture.

The LSO will perform under the baton of music director Oriol Sans, a graduate of U-M’s nationally known conducting studio. Joel Howell, M.D., Ph.D., the director of the U-M Medical Arts Program, which introduces medical students and residents to the performing and visual arts, will give opening remarks.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in U-M’s Hill Auditorium, and is free and open to the public with general admission seating. No tickets are required.


The LSO is made up of medical and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from throughout U-M. Its members include one of Porter’s flute students, U-M Medical School associate professor and pediatric otolaryngologist David J. Brown, M.D., who co-founded the LSO in 2000.

Porter is a Juilliard-trained performer with a vibrant performing, recording and teaching career. She has had four pieces composed specifically for her, most recently the Trail of Tears concerto by composer and U-M professor Michael Daugherty. She recently released a DVD of her Anatomy of Sound workshop, which helps flute students at all levels use their body’s “wisdom” to produce the best sound.

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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 is made up of members of U-M’s medical, health and life science community, and gives 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.


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