Italian romance inspires Life Sciences Orchestra concert

April 13, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

From the hills of Rome to the villages of Sicily, classical music inspired by Italy will come to life on Thursday, April 20 on the stage at U-M’s Hill Auditorium.

That’s when the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra will take the stage for a free 7:30 p.m. performance of works by Italian composers — and a German composer during his time in Italy. The LSO is made up of medical, health and science faculty, staff, students and alumni from across U-M.

The concert, led by Roberto Kalb, is open to the public, as is a pre-concert lecture by Kalb at 6:45 p.m. on the lower level of the building. No tickets are required, though the LSO accepts donations to support its concerts. The concert will begin with opening remarks by Carol Bradford, M.D., M.S., executive vice dean for academic affairs at the U-M Medical School.

First on the program is Giaochino Rossini’s overture to his opera “La Gazza Ladra”, or “The Thieving Magpie.” Assistant conductor Niklas Tamm will lead the LSO for the lighthearted piece, which Rossini wrote under an intense deadline on the day of the first performance of his melodrama about a maid falsely accused of stealing silver.

Next, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, dubbed the “Italian” symphony for the inspiration the composer drew from during his Grand Tour of the country.

Another piece drawn from Italian opera, Pietro Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from the opera “Cavalleria Rusticana”, will follow.

The LSO will close out the concert with “Pines of Rome,” a symphonic poem written by Ottorino Respighi in 1924 to evoke four scenes of the ancient city.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine. 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 more information, visit the orchestra’s website or Facebook page, email, or call (734) 936-ARTS.