Tania León: A Conversation and Concert

Monday, December 11, 2023

6:30 pm

1201: Elebash Recital Hall

Open to the Public

Headshot of Tania Leon
Photo: Gail Hadani
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


Tania León is a trailblazer as a composer, conductor, and educator. Born in Havana, Cuba, León has achieved acclaim over an illustrious career. In 2021, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in recognition of her orchestral work Stride and, in 2022, was inducted into the prestigious ranks of Kennedy Center honorees. Through her years as a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center and at Brooklyn College, she has inspired generations of students, recently concluding her tenure as a distinguished professor emerita. León joins in conversation about her extraordinary musical journey with Terrance McKnight, WQXR radio host, writer, and pianist. A concert follows the discussion, featuring a number of León's dazzling works performed by CUNY Graduate Center students, faculty, and guest artists.

Works and Performers

“Oh Yemanja” (from Scourge of Hyacinths)
Charlotte Mundy, soprano 
Kirsten Jermé, cellist
Antonio Valentin, pianist

Ursula Oppens, pianist

Bergamot Quartet 

Presented with the Ph.D.–D.M.A. Program in Music. Made possible by funds from the Elebash Global Voices Fund.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at jcok@gc.cuny.edu in advance for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.