Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BrooklynCollegeCUNY.edu: Rockefeller Grant Supports City-wide Music Festival, Directed by Latin Grammy Award-winning Professor Tania León

Tania Justina León (b. 1943) is featured at AfriClassical.com and has a web site at http://www.tanialeon.com/

Brooklyn College

Feb. 10, 2015

Composers Now, a month-long, New York City-wide festival that features diverse works by living composers, recently received a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund  Distinguished Professor Tania León of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music is the artistic director of the festival.

"Many people can listen to a piece of music and have no idea who wrote it. I want to bring visibility to the composers," says León, the first musician to play piano with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. "My hope is to make audiences much more knowledgeable about the art of composition."

Composers Now officials call the grant transformative and say that it will allow for expansion of current programs and personnel and for the possibility of new initiatives. The festival honors living composers, the diversity of their voices, and the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of society. 

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