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August IMPACT Sessions

Alex Shapiro Simon Brown

Alex Shapiro

Tuesday, August 2

Simon Brown

Tuesday, August 23

All IMPACT events are FREE
Watch HERE
Composers Now launched IMPACT in December 2020. Each installment in this series offers a composer the opportunity to reflect on one's creativity, influences, pathways, and responsibility as a living artist in our ever-changing world. Designed for the virtual space, every session shares a composer's essential thoughts directly with you, the audience, in the safety and comfort of your own place.
These commentaries, interwoven with performance videos and other materials, articulate a creator's IMPACT.

Kennedy Center Honors Tania León 

The entire Composers Now Community celebrates TANIA LEÓN on being named a recipient of the 2022 Kennedy Center Honors!

Kennedy Center Honors Tania León
photo by Gail Hadani

Kennedy Center 2022 Honors

A gala on December 4 at the 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the legendary Gladys Knight; the actor and filmmaker George Clooney; the contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Amy Grant; the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León and the band U2.

"Little did I imagine when studying in La Habana that life was going to grace me with such a distinction! My first thoughts went to my ancestors: they believed in my dreams, and what we lacked in material wealth, they made up for in spirit, encouragement, and support. My heartfelt thanks go to the many people who have blessed my path by helping my talent to blossom and by giving me the chance to be heard. I am incredibly humbled to join such a
prestigious family of artists, and deeply grateful to the Kennedy Center for bestowing me with this incredible honor."
     –Tania León  
"In each case, these are artists who are doing more than being performers. They are artists as citizens who are giving back and making the world a better place through art. It's about art for life's sake. These artists are a mirror to who we are."
     -- Deborah Rutter, President, Kennedy Center

Read more about the Kennedy Center 2022 Kennedy Center honorees
The New York Times
National Public Radio
The Washington Post
Associated Press 

Jessie Montgomery & Missy Mazzoli in Residence at Bard College

Jessie Montgomery
photo by Jiyang Chen
Missy Mazzoli
photo by Marylene May

Composers Now congratulates composers Jessie Montgomery and Missy Mazzoli on joining the faculty as composers in residence at Bard College! Their residence will begin in Fall of 2022. Montgomery has been a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and is a founding member of PUBLIQuartet and a former member of the Catalyst Quartet. Mazzoli's works have been played by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, the BBC Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Scottish Opera and many others. She was also the composer in residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2018-2021. Congratulations!

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