The Sacred and the Sublime: Composer James Lee Describes His Musical Journey

The music of Adventist composer James Lee III has been played by top orchestras and conducted by well-known maestros across the United States. With more than 80 works written and 14 new works due to be premiered, including a piece to be performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Juneteenth, Lee is busy. But recently he took some time to talk to Spectrum about the composers that inspire him, the definition of sacred music, how he keeps the Sabbath hours holy, how he incorporates elements of African American music into his work, and the concertos and oratorios in his head that are yet unwritten.

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