Can You Imagine? A Celebration of Tania León

Thursday, April 14 — Friday, April 15, 2022


Open to the Public

A two-day celebration of the acclaimed composer and CUNY GC Distinguished Professor, organized by the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music.

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Join friends, colleagues, and collaborators of acclaimed composer and Distinguished Professor Tania León for a springtime celebration of her Pulitzer Prize win for Stride and recent retirement from Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

This two-day symposium organized by the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music and sponsored by the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 with a screening of archival footage ranging from premiere performances of León’s collaborations with Dance Theatre of Harlem to the London Sinfonietta’s surprise gift of choreography for her piece Toque.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15, performances of León’s work by New York-based ensembles will be livestreamed from Elebash Hall at the Graduate Center, interspersed with two distinguished panels of León’s colleagues and former students:

  • Performance: Parajota Delaté
    The Curiosity Cabinet
  • Panel: Collaborators and Advocates
    Carlos Carrillo, Ellie M. Hisama, Alejandro L. Madrid, Carol Oja, Ursula Oppens, Jason Stanyek
  • Performance: Ethos
    The Cassat Quartet with Ursula Oppens
  • Performance: Momentum
    Natasha Gwirceman
  • Performance: Axon
    Maja Cerar and Doug Geers
  • Panel: Tania León’s Teaching Legacy at CUNY
    CUNY Alumni
  • Performance: “Oh Yemanja” from Scourge of Hyacinths
    Graduate Center Ensemble
  • Performance: Indígena
    The Curiosity Cabinet with visual artist Rossa Crean
a flyer for the "Can You Imagine" event showing Tania Leon smiling at the camera in a red suit jacket on a gray background, with a list of activities and performances along the left side.

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