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. 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 “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.

Out of this world: LSO free concert on Mother’s Day, May 10

LSO at Hill-400hHolst’s Planets, Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony & euphonium solo featured

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If you think your mother, wife or grandmother is the best in the solar system, here’s one way to show her: Take her to a free concert on Mother’s Day, May 10 featuring planet-themed music.

Even if your mom isn’t available, the performance by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra at Hill Auditorium will transport you to other worlds.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public with general admission seating. No tickets are required. The LSO is made up of medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from across U-M, and is led by music director Adrian Slywotzky with assistant conductor Joseph Bozich.

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Triumph of the human spirit: LSO marks MLK Day with free concert Jan. 18 (Official press release)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and more

The power of music to express the human spirit, and triumph over adversity, will come to life on Sunday, Jan. 18, as the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra presents a free concert at Hill Auditorium.

With themes befitting the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the performance will feature works both famous and less-recognized, played by an orchestra made up of medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from across U-M.

U-M president Mark Schlissel will give opening remarks, as part of U-M’s celebration of MLK’s legacy.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m., and is open to the public with general admission seating. No tickets are required. LSO music director Adrian Slywotzky will give a brief pre-concert lecture about the works on the program at 3:15 p.m.

The centerpiece of the LSO’s performance will be Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most famous – and stirring – works of all of classical music. Beethoven composed the now-immortal work amid war and political upheaval, and his own increasing deafness.

Beethoven

Three works by 20th Century American composers will make up the concert’s first half. Most famous among them: Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”, which combines uniquely American melodies with excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln’s words will be spoken by narrator Carmen R. Green, M.D., who in 2013 was named the inaugural U-M associate vice president for medical affairs and associate dean for Health Equity and Inclusion, a position that leads the U-M Health System’s effort to identify and address inequality in health care and health professions across U-M’s clinical, educational, research, and public missions. Green is a professor in the U-M Medical School and School of Public Health. A noted anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, she has a national reputation for her leadership on achieving a representative population of women and minorities in the biomedical pipeline, and an international reputation for her seminal research on health and pain care disparities and health policy.

The concert will begin with the “Festive Overture” written in 1944 by William Grant Still. Though he studied medicine as an undergraduate, Still’s musical talents won out and he switched to composition – eventually becoming the first African-American composer to have his work played by, and to conduct, major symphony orchestras.

Samuel Barber’s “Music for a Scene from Shelley”, inspired by Percey Bysshe Shelley’s “Prometheus Unbound”, will follow. It evokes the call for the release of Prometheus from captivity, and the return of sympathy and love to mankind.

Slywotzky holds the newly named 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.

Now in his second season of conducting the LSO, Slywotzky is a graduate student in the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s nationally known orchestral conducting program, from which the LSO has drawn its conductors for its entire 15 years of blending science and music.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to the U-M Health System. The LSO gives members an outlet for their musical talents and a chance to interact with one another across academic disciplines and professions. Founded by students and staff from the U-M Health System, the orchestra made its concert debut in January 2001.

 

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

For more information about other U-M events honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., visit http://mlksymposium.umich.edu/

 

A great poster for our Jan. 18 concert!

Continuing a new tradition of using works of visual art to publicize our musical performances, the poster for our January 18 concert is now available  – thanks to designer Carrie McClintock of the UMHS Gifts of Art staff.

Featuring a work by American artist Edward Hopper, “The Lighthouse at Two Lights”, the poster has started popping up around the U-M campus and social media too. Please share this post to continue to spread the word!

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