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Good things come in twos: Life Sciences Orchestra concert May 5

Three pairs of musical pieces by famous composers, with a pair of soloists, will close out the fifth concert season of the Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) May 5.

Six short works by Mozart, Sibelius and Copland will make up the program, which will begin at 8 p.m. in Hill Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The LSO, which is made up of members of U-M's medical, health and life sciences community, will play under the baton of music director John Goodell, a graduate of the noted orchestral conducting program at the School of Music.

The concert will feature the winners of the LSO concerto competition: violinist Giant Lin, a third-year Medical School student, and French horn player Matt Shevrin, who works in health services research and development at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

The first pair of pieces is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's overture from The Magic Flute, and the first movement of his Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat, featuring Shevrin.

The second pair is by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, including Lin's performance of the second movement from his Violin Concerto, and the dramatic tone poem Finlandia, an ode to the composer's native land.

Rounding out the program will be two works by American composer Aaron Copland: the well-loved suite from the ballet Appalachian Spring, and the spirited El Salon Mexico, based on Mexican folk music.

For more information, visit http://www.umich.edu/~lsorch, e-mail orchestra@umich.edu, or call (734) 936-2787. The LSO is part of the Health System's Gifts of Art program.

The LSO was founded in the spirit of the Life Sciences Initiative, which seeks to encourage scientists and health professionals to work together, surmounting the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines in the basic sciences, health sciences, health care, engineering, social science and the humanities.

It brings together faculty, staff, students, volunteers and alumni from the medical, health and life sciences areas of the University, giving them an outlet for their musical talents and a chance to interact with one another across academic boundaries.

Members include doctors and research scientists, medical students and residents, hospital staff, nurses, public health specialists, bioengineers, pharmacists, dentists, research assistants and family of life science community members.

Founded by students and staff from the Health System, the orchestra made its debut in January 2001.

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