Saturday, September 29, 2012

Milwaukee Public Library Observes Hispanic Heritage Month: Tania León

[Tania Justina León (b. 1943)]


Hispanic Heritage Month: Tania Leon

Tania León (b. May 14, 1943) is a Cuban-born conductor, composer, pianist and teacher. She was the first music director of the Dance Theater of Harlem, staying with the company from 1968-1980 and music director for the Broadway hit The Wiz. A guest conductor for orchestras across the United States and Europe, her work has been performed by China National Symphony, and the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.  In 1994 León wrote Scourge of the Hyacinths, an opera based off of a play by Nobel Prize winnerWole Soyinka León has taught at Harvard and Yale, and is an advisor to numerous arts organizations.

[The website of the Afro-Cuban composer and conductor Tania León (b. 1943) is; she is also profiled at] 

1 comment:

John Malveaux said...

Perhaps this is a good time to mention the African diaspora include Hispanic countries and global humanity. Let us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month