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TANIA LEÓN TO CONDUCT BANGKOK PHILHARMONIC AT THAILAND INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION FESTIVAL

The 11th annual Thailand International Composition Festival, taking place on July 6-11, will feature the Bangkok Philharmonic performing several works by Tania León. León will lead the Philharmonic for the performance of her work Horizons, on July 11, in Prince Mahidol Hall. Additionally, León will be leading a Master Class, and present a Master Lecture during the course of the Festival. For more information, visite the Festival's website: www.music.mahidol.ac.th/ticf/

 

MAP FUND AWARDS UNIV. OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS GRANT FOR LEÓN'S LITTLE ROCK NINE, JOINING THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, VIRGINIA B. TOULMIN FOUNDATION, & FRED DARRAGH FOUNDATION

The Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP Fund) has awarded the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication a grant to support Little Rock Nine, an opera composed by Tania León with libretto by Henry Louis Gates Jr. See www.mapfund.org/grant_876.html for more information. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and the Fred Darragh Foundation have already awarded grants to the University in support of the commission, development, and premiere of the opera.

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. The Little Rock Crisis of 1957 was "the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War," with nine black children seeking equal education at its center. The opera promises to "give voice to those who were mostly seen through grainy newsreels," and asks "[what will] win out: betrayal or courage, rage or principle, hate or the dignity of rising by learning?" 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 AWARDED TRANSFORMATIVE GRANT FROM THE ROCKEFELLER BROTHERS FUND

Composers Now has been awarded a transformative grant from the Rockefeller Brothers fund for 2015. The support will allow Composers Now to continue to deepen its commitment to composers, both through the annual festival in NYC's five boroughs, and through the expansion of its current programs. The grant also allows for the possibility of new initiatives in support of the organization's mission.

The Composers Now Festival celebrates and honors living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of our society. Presented collaboratively with organizations throughout the five boroughs during the month of February, the festival features a broad spectrum of performances in concert halls, jazz clubs, opera stages, experimental and non-traditional spaces, conservatories and museums. Featured composers are in attendance at all events, participating in concerts, lectures and panels designed to put a public face on the art form that captures the vitality and innovations that composers of all genres bring to our communities.

Read the press release     |     Visit the Composers Now website

 

*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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