Sunday, February 12, 2012

Grand Rapids Press: James Lee III's 'Sukkot: Through Orion's Nebula' 'full of heroic gestures, rich internal melodies'


[James Lee III]

A review in The Grand Rapids Press describes a Grand Rapids Symphony concert on Friday which was delayed by wintry weather. The first work after Intermission was a work by James Lee III:

Published: Friday, February 10, 2012
By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk 
“It opened with 'Sukkot Through Orion's Nebula,' a 12-minute tone poem by Lee, a native of St. Joseph, graduate of the University of Michigan, winner of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization's annual Commissioning Consortium, performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony.”

Ambitiously conceived to honor the Old Testament harvest holiday and the arrival of the Messiah, not from the heavens, but from outer space, Lee's festive piece was full of heroic gestures, rich internal melodies and an expansive palette of percussion. Brawny, striking, tuneful in seven movements.”

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