On Saturday, Dec. 6, we held a concerto competition – a tradition for the LSO. Music director Adrian Slywotzky, Gifts of Art director Elaine Sims and Elliott Moore of the Detroit Medical Orchestra report the level of playing was remarkable, and faced an extremely difficult decision.
The winners of this year’s LSO concerto competition are:
Eric Dluzniewski, euphonium, playing Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major
Naki Sung Kripfgans, organ, playing Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings
Congratulations to both! More to come on the plans for their performances…
Our orchestra has been fortunate over the years to have excellent soloists from among our members perform great solo works with us at selected concerts, through our Concerto Competition.
On November 22, we’ll hold a competition to choose a soloist or soloists for our May 10, 2015 concert.
In addition to the LSO’s current members, the competition will be open to members of the U-M life sciences community who are classical vocal performers or play an instrument that is not traditionally represented in the orchestra (for example, saxophone). Unfortunately, piano and percussion soloists will not be eligible.
Thanks to all who auditioned for the LSO in recent days! We were so impressed by everyone’s playing, and we wish we could have accepted everyone. We’re excited to have so many new members.
The roster of musicians for this season has been posted. We may have additional openings for the spring concert so email email@example.com if you may be interested in auditioning in January to play the second semester.
Key information for our members, both new and returning:
By accepting your position in the LSO, you are accepting the responsibility to commit to play all or nearly all rehearsals, and to practice outside of rehearsal in order to make this concert the best it can be.
Our first rehearsal is Sunday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall on the first floor of the U-M School of Music Moore Building. (The same building where auditions were held.)
We’re pleased to announce the program for our concert on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Hill Auditorium.
We’ll be playing:
William Grant Still: Festive Overture
Samuel Barber: Music for a Scene from Shelley
Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
This is our first time playing all of these pieces, and we’re especially proud to be playing them on the eve of Martin Luther King Day. Stay tuned for more about these works in the weeks leading up to the concert!
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Fill out the required info. Please include a cell phone in case we need to reach you on the day/evening of your audition.
Download your audition excerpt from the LSO website and practice the part between the two brackets ONLY! Also prepare a short piece of your own choosing.
Don’t forget to write down the day and time you choose, and bring TWO copies of your chosen piece to the audition! (one for you, one for Adrian)
If you’re there & there are open slots before yours, you may be able to go early.
If you decide not to audition, or you need to reschedule at the last minute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org AND change your listing on the schedule.
Some of our members brought their instruments to their labs, operating rooms and other workplaces for this series of great photos. Click “Show info” at the top of each image to read more about each member.
Thanks to our own Dr. Bern Muller, LSO violist and amateur photographer, for taking most of these!