Public Event

A Composer’s Voice in the Cuban Diaspora
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Foellinger Great Hall
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana (View Map)

Tania León
Composer, founder of Composers Now and founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem



Cuban-American composer Tania León, one of today’s leading musicians, will speak about her experience as a composer and ambassador for the arts, including founding the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and her opera-in-progress, The Little Rock Nine, with libretto by Thulani Davis and historical research by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This lecture will be followed by a performance by the Illinois Modern Ensemble, conducted by Ms. León. The concert is scheduled for 7:30pm and features compositions by Ms. León, Ivette Herryman-Rodriguez and Odaline de la Martinez.

Hosted by: School of Music

In conjunction with: Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Campus Research Board, Democracy in a Multi-Racial Society, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of Dance, Department of History, Department of Latina/Latino Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, La Casa Cultural Latina, Robert E. Brown Center for World Music