Alkebulan's Son: The Piano Works of James Lee III
Albany Records Troy 1494 (2014)
James Lee III, D.M.A., www.jameslee3.com, is Associate Professor - Theory and Composition, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
Rochelle Sennet, D.M.A. is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Illinois School of Music, Urbana-Champaign. Her faculty bio reports: "Her dissertation, entitled African American Composers and the Piano Concerto, highlights her pursuits."
Eric Conway, D.M.A.
Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chair
Morgan State University:
It is my pleasure to announce to you that our own Dr. James Lee has just released a CD of his music. The music can be purchased at Amazon.com. Rochelle Sennet is the pianist. The title of the CD is Alkebulan's Son-The Piano Works of James Lee III. Congratulations James! You make us all proud!
Rochelle Sennet performs these world-premiere recordings of piano music by James Lee III with sensitivity and grace.
Composer James Lee III, an associate professor at Morgan State University, cites Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, Bright Shen, Steven Mackey and Osvaldo Golijov as some of his major composition teachers. Maestro Leonard Slatkin began to champion Dr. Lee's work in 2006, performing his music with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony, among others. Lee has been commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony to compose a work on the life of Harriet Tubman and was the third winner of the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium. Dr. Rochelle Sennet, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has established herself as a well-known performer, teacher, scholar and advocate of contemporary African-American composers. She performs these world-premiere recordings of James Lee's works for piano with sensitivity and grace, ending the program with a work composed for her, the Piano Sonata No. 2.
Program by James Lee III, Composer, and Rochelle Sennet, Pianist:Piano Sonata No. 1
Souls of Alkebulan
Piano Sonata No. 2 "The Remnant"