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Monday, March 13, 2006
Contact: Linda K. Schmitmeyer
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Pitt Music Prof. "Transplants" Mozart Operatic Theme to the Organ
To Celebrate 80th Birthday of Organ Transplant Pioneer
Thomas E. Starzl, Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery in
Pitt's School of Medicine

With "Mozart Transplantation for Organ," organ virtuoso Robert Sutherland Lord salutes "Father of Transplantation" Starzl with an improvisation on"La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni recorded on
Pitt's Heinz Memorial Chapel Organ

(NOTE: Please see companion press release)

PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh Professor Emeritus of Music Robert Sutherland Lord has "transplanted" a theme from a Mozart opera to the pipe organ to celebrate the 80th birthday of organ transplant pioneer and faculty colleague Thomas E. Starzl, Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery in Pitt's School of Medicine, who last month received from President Bush the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor.

For "Mozart Transplantation for Organ," Lord performed an improvisation on the duettino "La ci darem la mano" (translated literally, "We will give to one another our hands") from Mozart's Don Giovanni on Pitt's Heinz Memorial Chapel Organ March 3 for the recording microphones, and that recording was played as a surprise for Starzl at a by-invitation-only birthday celebration March 10 in Pitt's Alumni Hall. Limited-edition CD copies of the recorded performance were distributed the next day to Starzl's professional colleagues, both from Pitt and around the world, who were attending a Pitt scientific symposium in his honor.

“Mozart Transplantation for Organ”
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7:23) Stereo MP3, 44.1 kHz, 6.76 MB, 128 kbits/sec

 



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