Congratulations to our 2019-2020 members!

After three days of competitive auditions, we’re please to announce the roster of members for our January 2020 concert. A few names will be added in coming days.

LSO ROSTER as of Sept. 18

For those who were not accepted for this concert, or who missed auditions, we will hold auditions again in January in order to add to our ranks for the spring concert. Please keep practicing and finding other opportunities to play!

If you are on the roster but did not receive an email on the morning of Sept. 18, please check your spam folder. If there is no message there, please contact us at orchestra@umich.edu.

Looking forward to a great 20th season of blending science and music!

LSO Audition Signups Have Begun!

Our 20th season of blending music and science is officially under way, with the opening of registration for auditions on Sept. 11, 12 and 15.

All musicians interested in auditioning for the LSO who have not yet played with the orchestra or joined our email list for prospective members MUST fill out this information form before auditions. After you’ve filled it out, we’ll add you to our list.

To sign up for an audition: 

Please go to https://signup.com/go/UPMopup, read the introduction, and then select the spot that works for you. Please don’t sign up in the slots marked BREAK.

Please note the “show more spots” orange button for each day, which allows you to see all the spots.

Please also make sure you download the audition excerpt for your instrument, and read the audition requirements, at http://lso.med.umich.edu/join/audition-info/

Dates for the opening picnic, rehearsals and concerts are at http://lso.med.umich.edu/members/rehearsals/ .

If you aren’t able to audition on any of the three available dates, or you have questions, email orchestra@umich.edu.

Announcing our new music director, Tal Benatar!

The LSO is thrilled to announce that the music director for our 2019-2020 season – our 20th anniversary of blending science and music – will be Tal Benatar.

Tal is no stranger to our ensemble, having served as our assistant conductor in 2017-2018 while he earned his master’s degree in conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Now, he is  a Doctoral Pre-Candidate in Orchestral Conducting there, and continues a great tradition of LSO music directors from one of the nation’s top doctoral programs in orchestra conducting.

He will be the third music director to hold the Gilbert S. Omenn Music Director position, named for a former leader of the U-M Health System who has been a steadfast supporter of the LSO since its earliest days.

Tal will make his conducting debut with the LSO at our concert on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Hill Auditorium. He has selected a challenging program, including Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Sibelius’s  Symphony No. 1. He will be assisted by Nathan Bieber, a master’s degree student in conducting at U-M.

Read more about Tal in his biography. 

Interested in joining the LSO for the 20th Anniversary Season? See our Auditions page, and learn about our rehearsal schedule.

The magic of flute: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra presents a free concert on April 14


 

Nearly 20 years ago, a young surgeon had an idea: What if the University of Michigan’s vast medical and science community had its own orchestra, to give give students and professionals a chance to express their musical talents and connect with one another and the community?

On Sunday, April 14, that surgeon will appear with the orchestra he envisioned, as its featured flute soloist.

David J. Brown, M.D., will play Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra, to close out the ensemble’s 19th season of blending science and music.

Beginning at 7 p.m. in U-M’s Hill Auditorium under the baton of music director Chelsea Gallo, the LSO will present a program of works composed in four centuries.

The concert is free and open to the public, as is a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 p.m. by Gallo in the lower level of the building. No tickets are required, though the LSO accepts donations to support its concerts.

The concert will begin with Helix, a short but intense overture by Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Written in 2005, it brings out the mathematical side of music; the LSO will present its Michigan premiere.

The flute will come to the fore in two pieces: Mozart’s overture from The Magic Flute, written in 1791 and conducted by the LSO’s assistant conductor Régulo Stabilito, and the Nielsen concerto.

Written in 1926, the concerto offers Brown a chance to show the musical talent that made him co-winner of the LSO’s most recent concerto competition. He is also Associate Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine, U-M’s academic medical center, as well as an associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology who cares for young patients at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Brown first came to U-M in the late 1990s as a resident physician, and approached the health system’s Gifts of Art program with the idea of starting an orchestra like the one he had played in during his medical school years at Harvard University. The LSO launched in 2000 and played its first concert in January 2001. After leaving U-M for further training and his first faculty position, Brown returned in 2011 and rejoined the LSO soon after.

The concert’s second half features the Symphony No. 4 in F minor of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in the late 1870s. With its opening brass fanfare symbolizing the hand of fate, its quotes from Russian folk music, and one movement that calls for string players to pluck their instruments rather than bow them, the piece draws on the talents of dozens of the LSO’s members. Nearly all of them are medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from across the university.

Gallo is a doctoral student, and Stabilito a master’s degree student, 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. She is also a cover conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine.

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.

Announcing the program for our April 14 concert, featuring guest soloist Dr. David Brown

Otolaryngologist David Brown, M.D., poses with his flute in the operating room

With the start of the New Year, the LSO has begun preparing for our concert on Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in Hill Auditorium.

Please note the time change from the previously announced 4 p.m. start time!

The performance will feature guest soloist David J. Brown, M.D., co-winner of our Concerto Competition and Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine, U-M’s academic medical center. He’ll perform Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto with the LSO. Brown is a founder of the LSO and a pediatric otolaryngologist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Music director Chelsea Gallo has selected works to complement the Nielsen to round out the rest of the program. They are:

Helix, by Esa-Pekka Salonen, written in 2005

The Magic Flute Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which will be conducted by assistant conductor Regulo Stabilito

and the Symphony No. 4 in F minor by Pyotr Ilytch Tchaikovsky

The concert will be free and open to the public, with donations taken online and in person to support the LSO.  No tickets are required.

A free trip to Vienna: U-M Life Sciences Orchestra plays at Hill Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 8

Chelsea Gallo leads performance of works composed by two Strausses, and one by Brahms arranged by Schoenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The crisp early-winter air. The streets bustling with students and pre-holiday shoppers. The sounds of Strauss in a renowned concert hall.

Ann Arbor will feel a little like Vienna on Saturday, December 8 as the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra takes the stage of U-M’s Hill Auditorium for a free concert of works written and arranged by Vienna-based composers.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the LSO and music director Chelsea Gallo, will transport their audience to the Austrian capital through works by both Richard and Johann Strauss, and a piece by Johannes Brahms arranged by Arnold Schoenberg. The LSO 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 7:15 p.m. by Gallo in the lower level of the building.

No tickets are required, though the LSO accepts donations to support its concerts.

The concert will begin with “Macbeth,” one of the first tone poems written by Richard Strauss. As it evokes the dramatic tale of the Scottish king and other famous figures in Shakespeare’s play, the piece changes character multiple times — highlighting the talents of the LSO’s musicians.

Johann Strauss, Jr. – a fellow Viennese but not related to Richard – will be represented on the program with his Kaiser-Walzer, much better known in English as the Emperor Waltzes. LSO assistant conductor Régulo Stabilito will conduct.

The concert’s second half features a unique work: Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, but not the original written in 1861 for violin, viola, cello and piano. Rather, the LSO will play the 1937 arrangement for full orchestra, without piano.

Schoenberg, a revolutionary composer in his own right, met Brahms as a young man shortly before the older composer’s death at the end of the 19th Century. He created the arrangement in tribute to Brahms’ own spirit of innovation – and didn’t change a note. The piece especially features the LSO’s wind section.

Gallo is a doctoral student, and Stabilito a master’s degree student, 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.

Welcome to our 19th season!

With the wave of Chelsea Gallo’s baton, the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra kicked off its 19th season of blending science and music on Sunday, Sept. 23 with its first rehearsal at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Newly named concertmaster Josh Jung, a life-support researcher and past co-winner of the LSO Concerto Competition, took up his position as musical leader of the orchestra. As always, the LSO includes amateur musicians from many areas of U-M’s health and science community, at all stages of their careers. See the full roster of musicians here.

The first rehearsal focused on the piece by Arnold Schoenberg that will form the centerpiece of the LSO’s Dec. 8 concert at Hill Auditorium. Drawn from the composter’s lesser-known tonal period, it’s an orchestration of a piano quartet written by Johannes Brahms, in which the orchestra’s many instruments become the voice of the original piano solo and accompanying string parts.

Assistant conductor Regulo Stabilito, a master’s degree student in conducting at U-M SMTD, was on hand to meet the members of the orchestra. He will lead two pieces by Johann Strauss in the concert, which will also include Richard Strauss’s tone poem Macbeth.

Gallo drew inspiration for the concert program from her own experiences conducting in Vienna — the city that connects Schoenberg and both Strausses. Be sure to put Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on your calendar so you don’t miss the LSO!

Concertmaster Josh Jung leads the 2018-2019 LSO in tuning during the first rehearsal

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.