Location: Broadway Ballroom E-F, Level Two
Renowned composer and conductor Tania León will center on the progress our field has made supporting equity for composers and on her own journey from Cuba to the U.S. León will examine what the field needs to do to continue to progress towards parity and how she overcame professional challenges, promotes equality through the music she creates, and uses new music to celebrate and recognize other cultures. Central to the core of her message, León will explore the importance of rebuilding the bridge between the music of North and Latin America and how the interplay of cultures expands creative possibility.
Also on the program: Joan Tower, one of America’s most significant living composers, will receive the Gold Baton, the League’s highest honor.
Speakers: Tania León, composer & conductor, founding artistic director, Composers Now
Joan Tower, composer, 2019 Gold Baton recipient
The Closing Plenary is generously sponsored by Akustiks, LLC.
Time for Three —violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer—will close the Conference. Time for Three defies traditional genre classification; with an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, giving world premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon, as well as playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. Time for Three will play genre-bending works that demonstrate the way that classical musicians can easily cross between musical cultures.