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