Music Now with Tania Leon

Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Orwig Music Building, Room 109

Cuban American composer and conductor, long time teacher, and mentor, Tania León is coming to Brown Music Department to present her music and talk about her unique experience as an artist. The talk will be part of the Music Now series on Friday afternoon from 1-2pm at Orwig 109. It’s free and open to public.

About the Artist

Tania León, born in Cuba, a vital personality on today's music scene, is highly regarded as a composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations.

She has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision (including their noted series "Orgullo Hispano" which celebrates living American Latinos whose contributions in society have been invaluable), Telemundo and independent films.

Recent premieres include Pa'lante, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ethos, for piano and string quartet, written for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt Quartet, commissioned by the New York State Council of the Arts for Symphony Space; del Caribe, soy!, commissioned by Saint Martha Concerts and premiered by Nestor Torres and Tania León; Inura, for voices, string and percussion, choreographed by Carlos dos Santos, commissioned and premiered by Dance Brazil; going...gone, commissioned by Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano; Esencia para Cuarteto de Cuerdas, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation; Ácana, for orchestra, a joint commission by Orpheus and the Purchase College Orchestra; Alma, for flute and piano, commissioned by Marya Martin; and Atwood Songs, for soprano and piano with text by Margaret Atwood, commissioned by the Eastman School of Music and Syracuse University.

Awards for her compositions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, NYSCA, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, ASCAP and Meet the Composer, among others. She has also received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for Ácana, a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as Fromm Music Foundation and Koussevitsky Foundation commissions.

Tania León was one of the first artists to be featured by Harlem Stage in Aaron Davis Hall's new program, WaterWorks. Her two year residency at Harlem Stage culminated in the world premiere of Reflections for soprano and chamber ensemble with text by Rita Dove.

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