This lecture will discuss John de Lancie’s influence on modern oboe repertoire, focusing on Benjamin Lees’ Oboe Concerto, which de Lancie premiered in 1964 with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Much of the information surrounding the premiere of the Lees Concerto for Oboe is either fragments or incorrect, including both the performance date and which orchestra provided the premiere.
This lecture will introduce the Concerto by Lees, including biographical information on the composer, the history of the work’s creation and some performance considerations for the work. Lees’ Concerto has become little known to oboists, and has only been performed a few times. Through this lecture the work can hopefully become better known.