Take Your Instrument to Work Day?

Since we’re all about blending medicine, science and music, we thought it would be fun to take photos of some of our members with their instruments in the places where they work or train.

We’re fortunate to have skilled amateur photographer (and retired physician) Dr. Bern Muller in our viola section. Together with our members, he came up with fun ways to show how LSO musicians make a difference in their work or studies — and find release through music.

See all the photos here

Details about our May 10 concert

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Biomedical engineer Olivia Palmer ‘examines’ her violin under a red lamp used in her studies of blood vessels

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Carl Engelke tries to use his trumpet to listen to the lungs of “patient” Heiko Yang, a fellow MD/Ph.D. student and LSO celeste player.

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Whit Froelich “triages” his cello at the Emergency Department check-in station where he works

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Surgical resident Jenna Devare “scopes” her violin in the Otolaryngology clinic.

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Heiko Yang “plays” a keyboard made of Eppendorf tubes in the lab where he’s working toward his Ph.D.


Meet our soloist: Eric Dluzniewski

At our Sunday, May 10 concert, the winner of our 2014-2015 Concerto Competition, Eric Dluzniewski, will perform Weber’s Bassoon Concerto – on the euphonium. He’ll also join the LSO trombone section for the second half of the program, Holst’s “Planets” suite.

Eric, whose last name is pronounced Doo-zha-ness-key, became interested in studying music at an early age. As he pleaded with his parents for a drum set, they countered with piano lessons. A compromise was reached, and while Eric thought his bright-red drums were leading him to rock-stardom, he was blind to the fact that his piano studies were fostering a love of melody, harmony and music theory.

He began playing the euphonium in seventh grade band and went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in euphonium performance at Central Michigan University and the Eastman School of Music, respectively.

Eric currently works as strategic communications coordinator in the U-M Health System’s Office of Development, where he enjoys supporting health system’s $1 billion Victors for Michigan campaign by helping to tell stories of its groundbreaking medical discoveries and transformative patient care through various print and digital mediums.

Full details about our May 10 concert