"Christopher James Lees, winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize for 2013, led the ensemble and got the tight rhythmic interjections to fit cleanly with the piano throughout..."
"His conducting, of both the orchestral works and the accompaniment of the singers, was precise, nuanced, and effective."
"Very genial, very precise about what he wanted, always couched in terms the musicians could accommodate...Lees' live performances must be very thrilling."
"Maestro Lees' commitment to new music is matched only by his charisma and musical ability"
"...the orchestra's ever inspiring conductor, Christopher James Lees, is a thoughtful and articulate person who is passionate about the role that classical music can play in the nurturing of young people"
"Lees conducted from memory, setting up a rhythmically vital, clean, and vibrant performances from the very opening bars."
"Collectively, the pieces selected by Mr. Lees attacked me, beckoned me, mesmerized me, connected me to an imagined past, nuzzled me, astonished me, and drove me to tap my feet."