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Duke Medicine Orchestra Blends Science And Art

The Duke Medicine Orchestra (DMO) serves as an intersection of science and art. Since its inception in 2010, the ensemble has grown from 35 members to nearly 90 musicians. The orchestra is comprised of doctors, students and others affiliated with the Duke University Health System.

As the group has expanded, so too has its mission. DMO originally played in small venues, like hospital cafeterias, for patients and families but now also performs in concert halls for the larger community.

For its winter concert, DMO commissioned composer Michael Markowski to transcribe his wind ensemble piece, “City Trees,” for the full orchestra.

Duke Medicine Orchestra performs that concert at 7:30 p.m. on December 9 at Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Markowski; DMO president Nick Bandarenko and conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.

A trio of DMO members – Benjamin Fenton on flute, Jiyoung Ryu on violin and Shinhye Hwang on cello – perform live in the studio. 

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.