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A flood of sound: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra to play water-themed May 3 concert

Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Respighi and Wagner feature


Photo Date: January 18, 2011
The U-M Life Sciences Orchestra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A wave of music will wash over the audience on Thursday, May 3, as the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra plays a free water-themed concert of classical works to celebrate spring.

The performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ann Arbor’s famed Hill Auditorium, will feature works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Respighi and Wagner.

It is free and open to all ages. No tickets are required. Martin Philbert, Ph.D., dean of the U-M School of Public Health, will give opening remarks.

LSO music director Oriol Sans has chosen water-inspired pieces from four major classical composers, which he and assistant conductor Matthew B. Dell will conduct. They are:

  • The Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by the composer’s trip to Fingal’s Cave, a sea cavern in Scotland’s Hebrides Islands
  • Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi, depicting four of Rome’s fountains during different times of the day
  • The Overture to The Flying Dutchman, from an opera in which Richard Wagner tells the tale of a sea captain doomed to sail the seas forever
  • Symphony No. 6, op. 68, in F Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, often called the “Pastoral” symphony for its themes of babbling brooks, thunderstorms, and carousing peasants.

Sans is a recent graduate of, and Dell is a student in, the noted orchestral conducting program at the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

For more information on the concert or the LSO, visit or, send e-mail to, or call (734) 936-ARTS.

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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