JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra, has written about Lee's Symphony No.1
and its score:
I listened and found it to be a really beautiful work! ... I am happy to
have it and look forward to studying it.
Personal communications to the composer (2015), used with permission.
The Eclectix Chamber Orchestra's premiere of McClure's composition,
HIATUS, won the praise of The New York Times critic Tim Page, who
It was probably the most distinguished piece on the program: the harmonies had bite and the musical ideas seemed both organic and Mr. McClure's own.
In a staged reading at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine with a
libretto by the Pulitzer-Prize-nominated playwright Ron Whyte, the opera
MOTHER AND CHILD was reviewed in The New York Times by Bernard Holland, who
McClure's music is... eclectic... from Broadway to sentimental pop
ballad to angry instrumental harmonies to a recitative style that at
times implies total dissonance. ... This is truly an embryo of a
production waiting to be born.
McClure is the founder and director of the new-music concert series,
Eclectix which has presented the music of
over 100 living composers in New York City. The New York Times
has described Eclectix as:
a group dedicated to presenting melodic music in the tradition of
Debussy, Gershwin, and Ellington. ... Most of this repertory grew out of
a tonal, melody-accompaniment tradition, and a lot of it by way of
American popular culture.
Herb Boyd wrote in The New York Amsterdam News:
A rather adventurous foray into the realm of improvisation by cellist
Paul de Jong and flutist Lee McClure, the series' director,
opened the evening. Both musicians played electrified instruments, and
their best moments occurred when de Jong settled snugly behind McClure's
flute, which sounded like a bowed bass fiddle. The duo's often lively
performance stood in contrast to [Toni and Gordon Parks' song cycle, "In