KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Speaking of Music: Tania León, 1985, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
104 min
1 of 2
1988-04-18 | broadcast
| 1985-09-19 | created
Recorded on September 19, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, the Cuban-born composer, Tania León, talks with Charles Amirkhanian before an enthusiastic audience at the McBean Theater in San Francisco, about her work as composer, conductor, concert producer, and arts activist. At 23, a graduate of the Havana Conservatory of Music, León moved to the United States where she was a co-founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem. She remained with the company until 1978 when she resigned to devote more time to composing. She has conducted orchestras in Germany, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, and New York, organized a number of concert series and festivals, taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Michigan, and is currently a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York. In this program she introduces a number of her pieces, ranging from works for solo piano, acappella chorus, orchestra, and jazz ensemble, as well as a lengthy excerpt from an experimental concert in which the audience members were invited to interact with the musicians on stage.
20th century classical
Musical Selections
De-Orishas, for six voices [excerpt, Yoruban texts and some by Betty Neals] (1982) (7:00) -- Pet’s Suite: Prince, for flute and piano (1980) (4:33) -- Batá, for orchestra [last part] (1985) (1:30) -- Momentum, for piano (1984) (6:13)
The Western Wind (De-Orishas)
Paula Bing, flute (Pet’s)
Constance Cooper, piano (Pet’s)
Bay Area Women's Philharmonic (Batá)
20th century classical
Composition (Music)
Vocal sextets
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices), Unaccompanied
Suites (Flute and piano)
Orchestral music
Piano music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.