Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Free Concert in Ann Arbor

Life Sciences Orchestra to play Jan. 15
The nation's only Life Sciences Orchestra, made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others from the U-M health, medical and science community, will kick off its fifth season on Saturday, Jan. 15 with a concert of Mozart and Mahler. Coincidentally, the LSO will play Mahler's "Titan" symphony the day after the landing of the first space probe on Titan, a moon of Saturn.

The free concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Hill Auditorium, and will be introduced by U-M Medical School Dean Allen S. Lichter, M.D.

It will be the first concert under the baton of new LSO music director John Goodell, a graduate of the noted orchestral conducting program at the U-M School of Music.

The concert will open with the Symphony No. 29 in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, written in 1774 when Mozart was just 18 years old. The second half of the program will be the Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” by Gustav Mahler, composed in 1888.

Coincidentally, this performance of the “Titan” symphony will come on the day after a joint American-European space mission hopes to land a probe on Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn.

The concert is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit www.umich.edu/~lsorch, e-mail orchestra@umich.edu, or call (734) 936-ARTS.