Five months ago the members of Life Sciences Orchestra were known more simply as students, teachers, scientists, or health care administrators. This past Sunday afternoon the Ann Arbor community saw them as musicians. Spawned by a small band of musicians and artists of the University of Michigan Medical School and University of Michigan Health System, LSO was conceived as a means of a performance outlet for many who are involved in the demanding field of Life Science.
Under the direction of Director Mitchell Williams, a graduate of the Department of Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, LSO preformed three orchestral pieces. Their repertoire included Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Prelude a “L” Apres-midi d”un faune,” by Debussy, and Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven making for a pleasant Sunday afternoon diversion. The harmonious blend of music was best represented in the LSO logo, a “synthesis of three motifs-treble clef, DNA double helix, and serpent of caduceus” effectively mixing music, basic science, and clinical aspiration. Although, the sentiments were best summed up by Concertmaster Lisa Chu, “Music makes the people come together.”