JUNE 2019 TRACK OF THE MONTH • You are listening to:
Thomas Oboe Lee is a long-time friend of TMF and composer of a TMF commission titled "Flowers of Terezín."
He was as born in China in 1945. He lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for six years before coming to the U.S. in 1966. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he studied composition at the new England Conservatory and Harvard University. He has been a member of the music faculty at Boston College since 1990.
Mr. Lee has composed more than 185 works: nine symphonies, fifteen concertos for various solo instruments, twelve string quartets, a 100-minute two-act chamber opera “The Inman Diaries,” forty-plus choral works and song cycles, and tons of solo and chamber works. He composed a TMF commission titled "Flowers of Terezín."
His music has received many awards, among them the Rome Prize Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowships, two Massachusetts Artists Fellowships, and First Prize at the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for his String Quartet No. 3 ... "child of Uranus, father of Zeus.”
He has received commissions from many organizations including Amnesty International USA, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Kronos Quartet, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet, the Formosa Quartet, the Artaria Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players, the American Jazz Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
ART: arias & interludes