Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tania León A Co-leader of 'Composers Now' Panel; Works of George Walker & Nkeiru Okoye Heard

[Tania León]

Tania León is co-leader of a panel discussion on the opening day of “Composers Now” and George Walker and Nkeiru Okoye are among the composers whose works will be heard in a concert from noon to 6 PM:
Composers Now: The Music of Now
Symphony Space Music
Mon, Feb 22 at 10 am
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
"Meet the music makers of our time
Music pervades our world, yet who are the men and women creating the sounds we hear? Composers Now is a weeklong festival presented collaboratively by organizations citywide offering concerts, performances, lectures, conversations and other activities highlighting the contribution that composers make to the cultural fabric of our lives. The events put a public face on the vitality, diversity, and innovations that composers bring to the world.

"The inaugural day of Composers Now takes place at Symphony Space on the stage of the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, beginning at 10 am with a panel discussion led by Laura Kaminsky and Tania León, and press conference. Then from noon to 6 pm, there will be a marathon concert featuring works by emerging and established composers working in a myriad of styles and sensibilities such as John Duffy, Du Yun, George Walker, Fernando Otero, Nkeiru Okoye, Suzanne Farrin, Gabriel Alegria, Tamar Diesendruck, Victor Adan, Mario Diaz de Leon, and more. Performers include Son Sonora and Talea Ensembles; iO and Cassatt Quartets; and guest narrator Isaiah Sheffer, among others. (Full Post) (Tania Justina León, b. 1943, and George Walker, b. 1922, are profiled at AfriClassical.com)

Comment by email
Hi Bill, Thank you so much for posting this. I'm delighted to have been included in the "Composers Now" opening concert, and really honored to be on a program with George Walker. My offering will be a voice/piano performance of my SONGS OF HARRIET TUBMAN. The singer is Diana Solomon Glover. A week before this concert, Diana and I will be in St. Louis, performing a narrated version of the "Tubman Songs" on February 14th. Ironically, the first of the Tubman Songs was workshopped at the John Duffy Composer Institute in Norfolk, VA, and John's music will be on the program, too. It is a wonderful start for the 2010. Happy New Years to all. Nkeiru Okoye

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