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Benjamin Lees at KPFA

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 66 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From 1971, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Benjamin Lees a New York based composer whose “Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra” has been recorded for RCA, and whose larger works have found their places in the repertories of major orchestras the country over. Lees discusses his childhood in San Francisco, and the fact that as of this recording, none of his works had been performed in the Bay Area. Included in the program are the first movement of his “Piano Sonata No. 4” performed by Gary Graffman, and his “Symphony No. 3” performed by Sixten Ehrling and the Detroit Symphony. Mr. Lees, one of American maverick composer George Antheil’s star students, died in May of 2010 at the age of 86. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  Piano Sonata No. 4 [1st movement] (1963) -- Symphony No. 3 (1969)
Performers:  Gary Graffman, piano (Sonata No. 4)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No. 3)
Sixten Ehrling, conductor (Symphony No. 3)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Lees, Benjamin, 1924-2010; Antheil, George, 1900-1959; 20th century classical; Orchestral music; Sonatas (Piano); Symphonies
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Lees, Benjamin, 1924-2010; Cleve, George; Graffman, Gary; Ehrling, Sixten
 
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