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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 

Composer Curator: Mosaic Composers Collective

Friday, December 16, 2022, 7:30 pm
Live Performance + livestream

DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street


Composer Curator

Murphy Severtson | Ashtyn Brown | Kevin Arthur, Jr. | Alexa Letourneau |Aidan Arbona | Naamia Rivera

Composers Now and Mosaic Composers Collective, featuring Kevin Arthur Jr., Aidan Arbona, Naamia Rivera, Murphy Severtson, Alexa Letourneau, and Ashtyn Brown, co-present an evening of chamber music, performed at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. This concert, which marks the collective's debut, will feature works by all six collective members performed by some of the most exciting new music performers in New York City, as well as interviews and a discussion facilitated by Valerie Coleman.

To read more about the Composer Curator initiative and past events in the series:

In Memorium: Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem

It is with sadness to announce the death of American Composer, Ned Rorem at the age of 99. Rorem is best known for his over 500 art songs and controversial diaries. He began his studies at Curtis Institute at the age of 19 which led to his Pulitzer Prize work, Air Music.

2022 Pocantico Residencies

The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Asian Cultural Council and Composers Now announce the Fall 2022 Collaborative Creative Residencies. During the first half of November in two consecutive weeks, composers, chosen through a jury process administered by Composers Now, will be paired with Fellows from the Asian Cultural Council. During each seven-day residency, two artists will meet, reside on the campus of the Center and explore their combined forms and aesthetic approaches to conceive a joint project. Each pair will enjoy the natural environment and sculpture garden at the Center during their stays and share meals and conversation as they explore new artistic pathways. Each pair will offer a work-in-progress showing for an invited audience and videographer Tatyana Tetenbaum will produce a short documentary on the artists' journey together. The documentaries will be featured in the opening event of the Composers Now 2023 Festival in late January (date TBD).

Week I: October 31 - November 5

inti figgis-vizueta Wu Chien-Wei
inti figgis-vizueta Wu Chien-Wei

Week II: November 7 - November 12

Selma Savolainen Cheuk Wing Nam
Selma Savolainen Cheuk Wing Nam



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