GC Distinguished Professor Tania León  Honored with a United States Artists Award

The Graduate Center Music Program is pleased to share that Distinguished Professor Tania León has been honored with a United States Artists award. GC News reports:

Distinguished Professor Tania León (GC/Brooklyn, Music) has had another very good year. Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a proclamation declaring February 1, 2017, “Composers Now Festival Day,” for the organization León founded and directs to support contemporary composers throughout New York City and celebrate “the diversity of their voices.”

In September, the first excerpts of her opera, Little Rock Nine — based on the history of the African American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 — were previewed at a commemoration of the event held at the University of Central Arkansas. León is writing the opera with historical advisor Henry Lewis Gates and librettist Thulani Davis.

And, this past January, León’s distinguished career was acknowledged with a major award from United States Artists. In a long career rich with awards and recognition for composing, conducting, and music education, she says she was “very moved” by the latest, a $50,000 unrestricted prize, which has her looking back over her body of work and, as always, ahead to the future.

To read more, see: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/News/All-News/Detail?id=43660

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