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Roberto Kalb

Roberto Kalb, LSO Music Director

LSO music director Roberto Kalb has written program notes for the concert, which bring the pieces to life.

Read them here in PDF form! Or print to bring to the concert.

Read them here to prepare for your listening experience – and learn more at the pre-concert lecture starting at 3:15 in the lower level of Hill.

The concert begins at 4 p.m., and doors to the auditorium will open for general seating at 3:40.
See you at the concert!

Paging Dr. Violin?

 

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Dr. Jenna Devare “scopes” her violin

If you could see Dr. Ellen Janke or Dr. Jenna Devare in action in a U-M operating room, you’d probably notice how confidently they handle the complex equipment of 21st Century surgery.

You’d see how every operation is a team effort, with surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents, nurses and technicians each playing their part to help every patient.

But if you come to Hill Auditorium this Sunday afternoon, you can see Dr. Janke and Dr. Devare engaged in another kind of teamwork: the kind it takes to play in a 70-member symphony orchestra.

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Dr. Ellen Janke checks her violin’s “vital signs”

Together with dozens of other medical and scientific professionals and students from around the university, they’ll present a free concert as the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

The LSO will kick off its 15th season of blending music, medicine and science with works by two of the most famous composers from Scandinavian countries: Jean Sibelius, from Finland, and Edvard Grieg of Norway. An overture by Beethoven will start things off.

Both doctors, and other LSO musicians, brought their instruments to work for these fun photos taken by another LSO member, retired physician and viola player Dr. Bern Mueller.

The team, the team, the team

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Carl Engelke, who’s pursuing both an M.D. and a Ph.D. at the Medical School, is the LSO’s lead trumpet player

The entire LSO “team” has been rehearsing for this performance every Sunday night since October, giving them a weekly release from the demands of caring for patients, performing research or studying technical fields.

When they come to the LSO’s Sunday evening rehearsals, the orchestra’s doctors, nurses, dentists, graduate students, medical students, engineers and research staff leave behind their workplace identities and ranks.

And when U-M conducting student and LSO Music Director Roberto Kalb raises his baton, they become musicians above all else. Kalb is working toward his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He’s assisted by Jacobsen Woollen, a master’s degree student in the same program.

The LSO is one of the signature offerings of Gifts of Art, a program of the U-M Health System that brings visual and performing arts into many areas of the medical campus. And for many LSO members, it’s the only chance they get to express musical skills and talents they’ve been developing for years.

Medical student Whit Froehlich checks his cello in for "care"

Medical student Whit Froehlich checks his cello in for “care”

“Since childhood, music has always been an important part of my life,” says Devare, who is training to become an ear, nose and throat surgeon. “The LSO provides me with a wonderful opportunity to continue making beautiful music and to collaborate with U-M physicians, scientists, and trainees in a new context, helping to balance my life as an otolaryngology resident. I am lucky to be a part of such a multitalented group!”

Janke, an anesthesiologist, says, “I never cease to be amazed by the musical talent that exists within the Health System, and in the broader reaches of the life sciences.  It is an utter privilege to play in this orchestra.  And I love it when I see colleagues in the audience!”

Carl Engelke, a trumpet player who is training for dual degrees in medicine and biomedical science at the Medical School, agrees. “Music has always been a very important part of my life,” he says. “Since I joined in 2011, the LSO has been a wonderful way to keep playing music with others even during the busiest times of medical school and graduate school.”

Olivia Palmer, a graduate student in engineering, and LSO violinist, in her lab

Olivia Palmer, a graduate student in engineering, and LSO violinist, in her lab

 

Take the next step:

  • Learn more about the LSO Concert, which  begins at 4 p.m. and is free with no tickets required
  • See what all the LSO’s members do in “real life”
  • Find out about Gifts of Art, the UMHS program that sponsors the LSO and much more

 

Music to thaw the ice: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra plays free concert on Jan. 24

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Winter in Ann Arbor pales in comparison with the cold, snowy darkness of Finland or Norway at this time of year.

But the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra will try to melt some of the Nordic frost on Sunday, Jan. 24 with a concert featuring two Scandinavian composers.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public with general admission seating. No tickets are required.

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