Christopher James Lees
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Christopher James Lees is one of the world’s hottest young conductors. The 2013 winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize is also only the second American Gustavo Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Christopher made his debut with that orchestra in April 2013 and returned for concerts there just last month.
Also last month he was busy leading the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra in Winston-Salem and putting the finishing touches on this wonderful all Russian program, beginning with the mysterious opener: Modest Mussorgsky’s Prelude to Khovanschina.
"Russian Fireworks" was Thursday night, March 19th in the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra’s next performance will be in May where Christopher will take the ensemble from explosive Russian works to something smaller: Musical Miniatures. That’s May 2nd in Crawford hall on the UNCSA campus.