Life Sciences Orchestra concert April 21: A musical journey to Spain

Four pieces with Spanish ties, and cello soloist, finish out LSO’s 11th season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra and its Spanish-born conductor will take its audience on a musical journey to Spain on Thursday, April 21 with a concert at U-M’s Hill Auditorium.

The concert, which will begin at 8 p.m., is free and open to all. At 7:15, LSO music director Oriol Sans will give a talk about the pieces on the program.

The performance will feature Beethoven's Egmont Overture – which tells the story of a Dutch hero who helped resist Spanish rule – as well as three pieces directly inspired by Spain: Luciano Berio’s Ritirata Notturna di Madrid, Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, and Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole.

The concert will also include a performance of the first movement of Dvorak's Cello Concerto, featuring soloist Adrienne Cheng, the winner of the LSO Concerto Competition.

A U-M senior who will soon pursue a master’s degree at the U-M School of Public Health, Cheng represents the mission of the LSO: to give amateur musicians in the U-M life sciences community a chance to express themselves and make connections across academic fields.

Sans, who is a doctoral student in orchestral conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will be assisted by assistant conductor Elim Chan, also a student in that program.

The LSO is made up of medical and science faculty, staff and students from throughout U-M, and is in its 11th year of blending science and music. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

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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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