Tania León’s Return to Cuba Featured in New York Times
Professor Tania León (Music), who this month will perform in her native Cuba for the first time in almost 50 years, spoke to The New York Times about the significance of her upcoming trip.
“I arrived here as a pianist, and I am going back as a composer and conductor,” León told the Times.
Going back to conduct her own music in her home country is “spectacular,” she said, adding, “Emotionally it’s something that I’m starting to work with.”
León will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba as part of the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music, in a program that features one of her own works, “Indígena.” She will also conduct works by Alberto Ginastera.
León, who left Cuba in 1967, was a founding member and the first musical director of the Dance Theater of Harlem. She has conducted many orchestras, and has worked as the music director of theater pieces including “The Wiz” on Broadway.
Submitted on: NOV 3, 2016
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