Announcing our 2014-2015 Concerto Competition

Kara GavinOur 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.

For complete rules and eligibility criteria, visit this page: http://lso.med.umich.edu/members/concerto-competition/

Those interested in competing this year should indicate their interest, and the piece they hope to perform, via email to orchestra@umich.edu by October 10.

Audition results: See who’s in the LSO this year & important first rehearsal info

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 orchestra@umich.edu 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.)

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January 2015 Concert: Beethoven, Copland & More!

BeethovenWe’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!