October 12, 2017
Concert Time: 8:00 pm
Bernstein - Candide Overture
Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Mozart - Marriage of Figaro
Humperdinck - Selections from Hansel and Gretel
Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Dvorák - Symphony No. 9 (Mvt. 4)
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 5 (Mvt. 3 and 4) "Reformation"
With his Carnegie Hall conducting debut described as “powerful” and “hefty” by the New York Times, American conductor Vince Lee is quickly rising as one of today’s top emerging talents. Known among his contemporaries for his dynamic performances and his razor-sharp ear, Mr. Lee’s diverse musical background provides him a flexibility and perspective that is unique in the industry. His firm belief in striving for the highest artistic standards, regardless of genre, venue, or audience, has made him a popular hire for numerous orchestras and arts organizations throughout the country. Mr. Lee currently serves as Music Director for the Union City Orchestra, and principal conductor of the New York International Concerto Festival and Workshop. This season's highlights include appearances with the Florida Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, and his debut in South Korea.
During his tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony, Mr. Lee revolutionized his role as Assistant Conductor for the orchestra. His symphonic concerts with the CSO received critical acclaim, and his Young People’s Concerts found unprecedented levels of success, combining elements of increased interactivity with high artistic standards. This tradition continued during his recent tenure as Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony, where his series of concerts set new heights for the orchestra, both in terms of audience engagement as well as artistic quality.
With over 200 premieres to his credit, Mr. Lee has become one of the most sought-after conductors of modern compositions. Lauded in reviews for his “striking attention to detail,” and “energetic, breathtaking performance,” he has established a reputation among composers for bringing particularly challenging and complex music to life. Mr. Lee is also an enthusiastic believer in paying his experiences forward to the next generation of musicians, and has conducted at numerous schools, universities, and workshops across the US.
Mr. Lee made his professional conducting debut at age 13 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under the tutelage of the late Erich Kunzel. His conducting studies took him to Indiana University before being invited to study at the Juilliard School by Maestro James DePreist. After receiving his post-graduate diploma from Juilliard, Mr. Lee's career came full circle when won his first major conducting position with the Cincinnati Symphony.
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