Life Sciences Orchestra concert: Picture This

Pictures at an Exhibition, plus Strauss tuba solo & Ravel's Mother Goose, featured in free performance

LSO concertmaster and U-M medical student Daniel Choi LSO concertmaster and U-M medical student Daniel Choi
A concert full of vivid images, captured in sound, will usher in spring as the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra concludes its 13th season on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

The free concert will begin at 4 p.m. at U-M’s famed Hill Auditorium, and will include the famous work Pictures at an Exhibition. This suite of short pieces -- inspired by a gallery exhibit of paintings -- was brought to life by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky and arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel.

Also on the program: Ravel’s own composition Ma mère l’oye, or Mother Goose – featuring evocative movements depicting Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, an Asian princess, Beauty and the Beast, and a fairy garden.

Tuba soloist Neil McKay, a U-M engineering graduate and winner of the LSO’s Concerto Competition, will take center stage with a performance of the Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. The Romantic-era piece, which includes echoes of hunting horn calls, was declared too difficult by Strauss’s father, a famous French horn player.

The LSO will be led by music director Oriol Sans, a graduate of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s nationally known orchestral conducting program. He will be assisted by Daniel Brier, a current student in the program.

The performance is free and open to the public with general admission seating. No tickets are required.

The LSO is made up of medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from throughout U-M. The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to the U-M Health System. The LSO 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.

For more information on the concert or the LSO, visit www.umich.edu/~lsorch or www.facebook.com/umlso, send e-mail to orchestra@umich.edu, or call (734) 936-ARTS.