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UNCSA music director joins Charlotte Symphony as assistant

Jun 29, 2016

Christopher James Lees, music director of the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, will join the Charlotte Symphony as assistant conductor beginning Sept. 1. He will continue in his roles at UNCSA, where he is also associate professor of conducting.

Lees will lead the Charlotte Symphony's Lollipops family series beginning in the 2016-17 season as well as some pops performances. He will also conduct the Charlotte Symphony education and community outreach concerts, including the annual concerts for middle school students and the Charlotte Symphony-Charlotte Ballet's annual "Nutcracker" collaboration.

Lees, who has won a number of conducting awards and guest-conducted such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joined the UNCSA School of Music faculty in 2014. In 2015, he became co-founder and conductor of the UNCSA-sponsored Triad Area Medical Orchestra, composed of health care professionals. In March, he coordinated a tour by the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, with concerts in Chapel Hill, Charlotte and Brevard.

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