'Sneak Peek' Opus One Orchestra reading of Miami City Ballet's Entradas
Conducted and Hosted by Tania Leon
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 @ 7pm
EXCLUSIVE TO ALL NSU STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF AND MUST PRESENT CREDINTIALS PRIOR TO ENTRY
Come watch the Opus One Orchestra’s reading of Miami City Ballet’s fourth and final Program this season, conducted by composer and conductor Tania León, named recipient of the 2022 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements and whose orchestral work, Stride, was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in music. See Bio below.
The Orchestra will play Miami City Ballet’s program, Entradas, which will feature four ballets by two of the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Enjoy the full rehearsal of the music for the four ballets: Square Dance, Afternoon of a Faun, Antique Epigraphs, and Symphony in Three Movements.
Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations. Her orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music. In 2022, she was named a recipient of the 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. Most recently the London Philharmonic Orchestra announced Tania León as next Composer-in-Residence – a post she will hold for two seasons, beginning in September 2023.
Recent premieres include works for Los Angeles Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Grossman Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Jennifer Koh’s project, Alone Together. Appearances as guest conductor include Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Gewandhausorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba, among others. Upcoming commissions feature works for the League of American Orchestras, and Claire Chase, flute, and The Crossing Choir with text by Rita Dove.
A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra’s Sonidos de las Américas Festivals, was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic, and is the founder/Artistic Director of Composers Now, a presenting, commissioning and advocacy organization for living composers.
Honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement, inductions into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowship awards from ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and The Koussevitzky Music and Guggenheim Foundations, among others. She also received a proclamation for Composers Now by New York City Mayor, and the MadWoman Festival Award in Music (Spain).
León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin, SUNY Purchase College, and The Curtis Institute of Music, and served as U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship, Chamber Music America’s 2022 National Service Award, and Harvard University’s 2022 Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award.
Please click here to read more about Entradas performing in May 2023 .