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LEÓN GUEST CONDUCTOR AT ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE GUANAJUATO

Tania León returns to Guanajuato, Mexico, on June 13, to serve as guest conductor with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato. The concert includes León's work, HORIZONS. See the News Page for more information.

 

UNIV. OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS RECEIVES GRANTS FROM NEA, TOULMIN, FOR LEÓN'S LITTLE ROCK NINE

The National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and the Fred Darragh Foundation have awarded grants to the University of Central Arkansas's College of Fine Arts and Communication in support of the commission, development, and premiere of Little Rock Nine by composer Tania León and librettist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. León and Gates will create a two hour score based on the true story of nine African-American students who, in 1957, under federal troop escort, entered all-white Central High School to obtain an equal education. Little Rock and "The Nine" came to symbolize the federal government's commitment to eliminating separate systems of education for blacks and whites. A universal and original story of heroism in the face of racial prejudice, the opera is expected to resonate with a diverse audience. For more information, visit UCA's website.

New York Times / Arts Beat's Allan Kozinn writes: An Opera About Little Rock Integration, With Libretto by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Read the press release: The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Brings Major Support to the Opera The Little Rock Nine by Tania León and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

COMPOSERS NOW, UNDER ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF TANIA LEÓN, ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FUND FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK

Composer Tania León — founding and Artistic Director of Composers Now — is pleased to announce that the organization has become a project partner of the Fund for the City of New York for the citywide, multi-institution and month-long event. Composers Now celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to the cultural fabric of our society. Presented collaboratively by organizations throughout the five boroughs, the festival features a broad spectrum of performances in concert halls, jazz mobiles, opera stages, experimental spaces, conservatories, museums and other musical venues. Amy Roberts Frawley will serve as Project Director of Composers Now. For more information, visit ComposersNow2014.org.

*NEW*: Click here for a gallery of photos from Dance Theatre of Harlem's and DanceBrazil's performances of Haiku and Inura.


"Aboundingly earthy, rhythmic and embellished by deeply moving nostalgia, [Scourge of Hyacinths]  stands at the crossroads of every musical emotion. The constant pulsation and incessant murmur that seethes under the pure lines of song weave these different genres into magnificent bouquets.... The direction by Robert Wilson creates a distance which, far from chilling the intention, makes it incandescent."
Tribune de Genève

 

"...Tania León's song cycle, Singin' Sepia, one of this composer's most dramatic and beautifully orchestrated works."
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Tania León's score...features a spookily strange chorus and intriguing orchestration, creating a richly ritualistic mood."
— Claudio La Rocco, The New York Times

"León's piece evolved organically and in unexpected ways...
The resulting work is a haunting mosaic."
— Mark Eden Horowitz, The Sondheim Review

Scene from Tania Leon's opera, Scourge of Hyacinths

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