2018-2019 Season: Auditions & more!

The LSO is proud to announce plans for our 2018-2019 season — our 19th season of blending science and music! Once again, we’ll be led by music director Chelsea Gallo.

Our concerts will be earlier in the year than usual, thanks to available weekend dates at Hill Auditorium:

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 8 p.m.

featuring an overture to be announced soon, and two major orchestral works:

Richard Strauss Macbeth 

Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestral arrangement of Brahms Piano Quartet Op. 25

Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 4 p.m.

featuring Dr. David Brown, co-winner of the LSO Concerto Competition, performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto

If you are interested in auditioning for this year’s orchestra, the dates are: 

Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 am – 4 pm, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Rooms 2058 and 2038

Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 10:00 pm, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Rooms 2026 and 2038

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 – 10:00 pm, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Rooms 2026 and 2058

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 – 10:00 pm, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Rooms 2020 and 2032

Sign up for an audition time here.

For more about auditions, including required excerpts for each instrument, visit this page.

The rehearsal schedule is available here.

Because of our concert schedule, all musicians must be able to attend all or nearly all rehearsals, especially in fall.

We look forward to having you audition for the LSO, or attend our concerts! If you have questions, please email orchestra@umich.edu.

Music as life support: Dr. Robert Bartlett and Josh Jung

When the LSO takes the stage of Hill Auditorium on May 2, Dr. Robert Bartlett will be in the double bass section, as he has been for nearly every concert since January 2001.

He’s a legend at U-M, and far beyond, as the surgeon and inventor who has led the development of life support technologies that have saved countless patients.

But he has also kept his love of music alive throughout his research and clinical career — and has encouraged others who work on his research team to do the same.

For this concert, one of those lab team members will take center stage, as the LSO’s featured soloist on Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Josh Jung, a research technician in Bartlett’s Extracorporeal Life Support Research Laboratory, was named the co-winner of the LSO’s Concerto Competition last fall.

Come hear Josh, Dr. Bartlett and the rest of the LSO. Details here.

 

New videos from the LSO!

Several new videos bring the LSO to online viewers. See below for a short video made to promote our May 2 concert, as well as a Facebook Live video of members of the LSO performing in the U-M hospital lobby on April 26, and two videos of performances from our January 2018 concert:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and death and music: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra plays free concert on Wednesday, May 2

Chelsea Gallo leads performance of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Bruch, with LSO Concerto Competition co-winner Joshua Jung

 

Passion. Tragedy. Romance. Vengeance. Mourning. Peace.

These themes and more will come to life in musical form on the evening of Wednesday, May 2, when the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra takes the stage of U-M’s Hill Auditorium for a free concert.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the LSO and special guest soloists will perform works on the dual theme of love and death, from across the classical spectrum. The orchestra, led by Chelsea Gallo, brings together medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from across the university.

The concert is free and open to the public, as is a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. by Gallo in the lower level of the building.

No tickets are required, though the LSO accepts donations to support its concerts. A new easy way to show support for the LSO is by texting the word ARTS to the number 50555, which will trigger a process to give $10 to the orchestra.

The concert will begin with the overture and opening scene of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”, with opera students from the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance as featured soloists.

The tone poem “Isle of the Dead,” composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff and inspired by a painting of a lone mourner being rowed to an island cemetery, will follow, led by assistant conductor Tal Benatar

A musical evocation of the tragic love of Romeo and Juliet will open the second half, with selections from the ballet score by Sergei Prokofiev.

And the concert will close with the lush melodies of the first two movements of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Joshua Jung, a member of the LSO and co-winner of the orchestra’s 2018 Concerto Competition.

Gallo and Benatar are both students in the UMSMTD’s nationally known orchestral conducting program. Gallo holds the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. Music Director position with the LSO, made possible by a gift from its namesake, the first U-M executive vice president for medical affairs and a longtime supporter of the LSO.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine, the U-M academic medical center. The LSO gives members an outlet for their musical talents and a chance to interact with one another across academic disciplines and professions. The orchestra made its concert debut in January 2001 and plays two free concerts each year.

For information, visit http://lso.med.umich.edu/ or www.facebook.com/umlso, send e-mail to orchestra@umich.edu, or call (734) 936-ARTS.

Warm music for a cold day: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra plays free concert on Sunday, Jan. 21

Chelsea Gallo leads performance of Beethoven, Weber and Shostakovich, with piano soloist Louis Nagel

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No matter how cold it gets outside, the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium will fill with warm – and sometimes fiery – music on the afternoon of Sunday, January 21, when the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra takes the stage.

The LSO and special guest piano soloist Louis Nagel will present a free 4 p.m. performance of works from across the classical spectrum. The orchestra, led by Chelsea Gallo, brings together medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from across the university.

The concert is free and open to the public, as is a pre-concert lecture at 3:15 p.m. by Gallo and Nagel in the lower level of the building.

No tickets are required, though the LSO accepts donations to support its concerts. A new easy way to show support for the LSO is by texting the word ARTS to the number 50555, which will trigger a process to give $10 to the orchestra.

First on the program is German composer Carl Maria von Weber’s overture from the 1821 opera Der Freischütz, led by assistant conductor Tal Benatar.

Next, Ludwig von Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, played by Nagel, an emeritus professor of music at U-M. Nagel, who is renowned as both a performer and teacher, retired from the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2016 after 47 years.

The LSO will close out the concert by leaping forward more than a century to 1930s Russia, with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47.

Gallo and Benatar are both students in the UMSMTD’s nationally known orchestral conducting program. Gallo holds the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. Music Director position with the LSO, made possible by a gift from its namesake, the first U-M executive vice president for medical affairs and a longtime supporter of the LSO.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine, the U-M academic medical center. The LSO gives members an outlet for their musical talents and a chance to interact with one another across academic disciplines and professions. The orchestra made its concert debut in January 2001 and plays two free concerts each year.

For information, visit http://lso.med.umich.edu/ or www.facebook.com/umlso, send e-mail to orchestra@umich.edu, or call (734) 936-ARTS.

Concerto Competition Winners: David Brown and Josh Jung

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 LSO Concerto Competition: flutist David J. Brown, M.D. and violinist Josh Jung.

They were chosen as co-winners from among a highly talented pool of competitors, and represent the highest musical achievement of the U-M life sciences community.

Josh, who works in the Medical School’s Extracorporeal Life Support Research Laboratory, will play the first and second movements of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in our May 2018 concert.

David, who is the Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine, and an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, will play Nielsen’s Flute Concerto in our January 2019 concert.

We thank all competitors for bringing their talents to our competition!

 

See a list of past Concerto Competition winners here.

Giving to the LSO just got easier!

The LSO just became one of the first areas of U-M to take gifts by text message!

To give a quick and easy $10 gift to support the LSO, just start a new text message to the number 50555. The entire message should read “ARTS” (no quotation marks).

After you send the message, you’ll get a reply to confirm your gift. Once you confirm it, a $10 donation will flow to the LSO, and show up as an extra $10 charge on your next mobile phone bill. You can give up to three times from any mobile device.

Of course, we are still glad to take gifts via this online form or by mail. (Address and details here.)

The LSO is entirely self-supporting, with no direct funding from U-M — though we do get staff support from the Gifts of Art program, and volunteer help from our committee members. We raise all our funds through donations and member dues.

Please consider a year-end gift to the LSO today!

Louis Nagel to perform with LSO Jan. 21

The LSO is honored to announce that Prof. Louis Nagel will be the featured soloist at its concert on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. in Hill Auditorium.

He will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

This will be Prof. Nagel’s second appearance with the LSO. In May 2001, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major during the spring concert of the orchestra’s first season.

Prof. Nagel is a highly regarded concert pianist and an emeritus professor of piano and piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He served on the faculty from 1969 to 2016, teaching many students who have gone on to meaningful careers in the field of music. Now, he teaches advanced young players preparing for a college audition, and adults who put aside their piano studies when they embarked upon careers and are eager now to return to study.

For more about Prof. Nagel, please see his website.  

 

 

Announcing our 2017 Concerto Competition

The LSO has a long tradition of shining a spotlight on the exceptional musical talents of members of our life sciences community, through our Concerto Competition.

On the afternoon and evening of Saturday, December 9, 2017, we will hold our 11th such competition, at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Earl V. Moore building.

All those interested in entering should first read the Concerto Competition Rules thoroughly, then indicate interest and intended audition piece by Friday, Nov. 17 through email to orchestra@umich.edu.

Contestants are responsible for arranging for accompanists for their audition.

If a winner is chosen, we will feature them in our concert at Hill Auditorium on Wednesday, May 2.

See the list of past winners on the Concerto Competition page!

Meet this year’s LSO!

We’re proud to announce the members  of this year’s orchestra, chosen after competitive auditions on all instruments.

Please see our Roster page and plan to hear these great amateur musicians — who hail from all corners of the U-M life science community — on Jan. 21 at Hill Auditorium. Please see our Concerts page for details.