Music: Losing Friends & Winning Fans

Composers are as jealous as prima donnas, says American Symphonist Benjamin Lees, 44. "You can have lots of them for friends as long as your music isn't being performed more than theirs." So popular is his music these days at concerts of the Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit symphonies and a host of lesser orchestras, that Lees runs the risk of never again getting a friend ly greeting from any of his colleagues.

Last week in Boston, he demonstrated with his new Piano Concerto No. 2 why it is that conductors, soloists and the public have only the kindest of words for him....

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