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U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Concert

Three lush orchestral works from across the Romantic period of classical music will fill the air in Hill Auditorium on the evening of Thursday, May 16, as the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra presents the final concert of its 24th season.

Under the baton of music director Nicholas Bromilow, the LSO will present works by Sibelius, Gade and Saint-Saens, in a free performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Bromilow, a doctoral student in orchestral conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 to discuss the works on the program.

The performance includes two works by Scandinavian composers: Denmark’s Niels Gade, whose Echoes of Ossian overture was inspired by Danish folk song and the poetry of northern Scotland, and Finland’s Jean Sibelius, whose En Saga tone poem evokes Nordic spirit and the composer’s personal journey.

The grand scale of the concert will peak with Camille Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3, called the Organ Symphony for its use of concert organ. This is a rare chance to hear Hill Auditorium’s Frieze Memorial Organ together with orchestra; it will be played by locally renowned organist Naki Kripfgans.

The LSO’s musicians include faculty, staff, students, alumni and their family members from across U-M’s medical, health sciences, life sciences and engineering community. The LSO is part of Gifts of Art, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine, U-M’s academic medical center.

The concert is open to all with no tickets required; please do not attend if you are not feeling well.

Donations to support the orchestra may be given online via https://lso.med.umich.edu/