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Benjamin Lees

 1924 - 2010Benjamin Lees Photo: Bob Trogman/Boosey & Hawkes

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Benjamin Lees is renowned for his works featuring concertante group and orchestra: his Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (1964) has been performed by more than 35 ensembles * Writes in an extended tonal idiom, with shifting metres shaping an underlying pulse * Music responds to issues of historical, social, and literary significance * Works commissioned by the Dallas, Detroit, Houston, National, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, among others

Works by Benjamin Lees include:
Passacaglia for Orchestra (1975)
Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra (1992)
Constellations (1997) for orchestra

Looking Ahead: In November, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform Lees’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.

"In going his own way, [Lees] has been a success...with audiences and performers alike." — MLA Notes

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