Grace Lutheran Church

Neighborhood Series

A Christmas Concert

November 30, 2017

Concert Time: 7:30 pm

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 Vince Lee, conductor

Stephenson - Holiday Fanfare Medley #1
McRae - Sing We Now of Christmas; In the Bleak Midwinter
Clarke - Combined Carols
Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium
Stephenson - Bassoon It Will Be Christmas
Goeller - Christmas Fantasy
Styne arr. Sayre - Let it Snow
Anderson - Suite of Carols
Yon - Gesù bambino
Connor arr. - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Stephenson - Holly Jolly Sing-along
Bissill - Christmas Carnival

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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