Nightcap: Curated by Tania León
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Project 19

Nightcap: Curated by Tania León

Location

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Price Range

$40

Duration

1 hour
no intermission

Date & Times

15

Feb, 2020

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. Pulitzer Prize–nominated composer Tania León curates a program exploring her Latin and jazz influences.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

Project 19 is a multiyear New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

This event complements that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring the World Premiere of a work by Tania León.

Artists

Tania León

Curator

Tania León

Curator

Tania León

Curator

Born in Havana, Cuba, Tania León is highly regarded as a composer and conductor, and recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. A longtime resident of New York, she has played important roles at its institutions, such as the Dance Theater of Harlem, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra and its Sonidos de las Américas festivals, and the New York Philharmonic, which she served as New Music Advisor.

Ms. León is the founder and artistic director of Composers Now, a nonprofit in New York City that celebrates the diversity of composers in the city and honors their contributions to the cultural fabric of society. A professor at Brooklyn College since 1985 and at the Graduate Center of CUNY, she was named distinguished professor of the City University of New York in 2006.

Her recent commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Ursula Oppens with the Cassatt Quartet. Ms. León is at work on her second opera, The Little Rock Nine, to a libretto by Thulani Davis, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., serving as historical consultant; the opera was commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication. Her first opera, Scourge of Hyacinths, based on a play by Wole Soyinka with staging and design by Robert Wilson, received more than 20 performances in France, Switzerland, and Mexico.

Tania León has received Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. She has appeared as guest conductor throughout the US and on all continents of the world. Her honors include induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; recognition from the Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Guggenheim foundations; the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award; and a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship.

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Nadia Sirota

Host

Nadia Sirota

Host

Nadia Sirota

Host

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Yoobin Son

Flute

Yoobin Son

Flute

Yoobin Son

Flute

Flutist Yoobin Son became a member of the New York Philharmonic in November 2012, the first Korean to join the Orchestra’s woodwind section. She has also served as principal flute of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and principal flute of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic, Ms. Son is an active soloist. She has performed with notable ensembles all over the world, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Prime Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Bay Atlantic Symphony. She has also appeared in recitals throughout the world, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and the Young Artist Series of the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation in Seoul, South Korea.

A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Son has appeared in many notable chamber music festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico. As a firm believer in the importance of music education, Ms. Son served as a member of Ensemble Connect, formerly known as Ensemble ACJW, in which she actively participated in music education across New York City. She continues to pursue her passion as a mentor, holding an adjunct professor position at New York University. She also teaches privately and gives master classes around the world.

Yoobin Son’s honors and awards include Grand Prize at the Florida Orchestra Young Artist Competition, First Prize at the National Flute Association Soloist Competition, Second Prize at the Koussevitzky International Winds Competition, and the Conductor’s Award at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Auditions.

Yoobin Son received her bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, master of music degree from Yale University, and professional studies certificate and artist diploma from the Manhattan School of Music. Her principal teachers have included Philharmonic Principal Flute Robert Langevin, Ransom Wilson, Jeffrey Khaner, and Bradley Garner.

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Eric Huebner

Piano

Eric Huebner

Piano

Eric Huebner

Piano

Pianist Eric Huebner joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in January 2012. A native of Los Angeles, he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, and has been a guest pianist with the Philharmonic since 2004. Mr. Huebner has been featured in orchestral works by Stravinsky, Ives, R. Strauss, and Milhaud, among others.

In June 2012 he will perform as soloist with Musicians from the Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation — a double concerto for piano and percussion with percussionist Colin Currie — on the CONTACT! program, conducted by David Robertson.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Huebner has twice been a featured recitalist at the Ojai Festival in California. He has also appeared on the Monday Evening Concerts and Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles in addition to solo appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Miller Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge. He has performed at Zankel Hall as soloist in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and at Alice Tully Hall in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, both conducted by David Robertson. Since 2001 Mr. Huebner has been a member of Antares, a quartet comprising clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. A first-prize winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares has performed in major chamber music venues throughout the United States.

Eric Huebner is currently assistant professor of piano at the University at Buffalo, where he maintains an active piano studio and performs as part of the Slee Sinfonietta. He has recorded a wide variety of solo piano and chamber music for the Col Legno, Centaur, Bridge, Albany, Tzadik, Innova, New Focus Recordings, and Mode Records labels.

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Alicia Hall Moran

Mezzo-Soprano

Alicia Hall Moran

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano and composer Alicia Hall Moran’s sonic world joins classical and African American cultures. Her productions include Black Wall Street (2016) — inspired by her native Oklahoman father’s Wall Street career and the 1921 Tulsa race riot (presented at River to River Festival, Opera Southwest, SITE Santa Fe, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / NYPL, and National Sawdust) — and Breaking Ice (National Sawdust, MASS MoCA, and PROTOTYPE / Out of Bounds).

She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award–winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess before starring as Bess in the 20-city US tour. She has recorded two albums, Here Today and Heavy Blue and can be heard in Gabriel Kahane’s oratorio emergency shelter intake form with the Oregon Symphony and on pianist Lara Downes’s Holes in the Sky. She tours Bryce Dessner’s Triptych worldwide.

Ms. Moran has been commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, Art Public / Art Basel Miami, Histories Remixed / Art Institute Chicago, Poetry Society of America, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Collaborators include Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, guitarist Bill Frisell, the band Harriet Tubman, guitarist Thomas Flippin, taiko artist Kaoru Watanabe, poets Carl Hancock Rux and Jessica Care Moore, and visual artists Carrie Mae Weems, Ragnar Kjartansson, Suzanne Bocanegra, Simone Leigh, Liz Magic Laser, Adam Pendleton, and Whitfield Lovell. She and her husband, Jason Moran — both Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellows — have created works for the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Alicia Hall Moran earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Barnard College (with a minor in anthropology) and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.

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Jason Moran

Piano

Jason Moran

Piano

Piano

Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He later studied with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams and began an 18-year relationship with Blue Note Records, producing nine recordings. His groundbreaking trio The Bandwagon (with Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits) is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Mr. Moran’s performances with Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd, and the late Sam Rivers reveal the scope of his musical partnerships. He has also worked with visual artists including Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker. He has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Ford Foundation.

He regularly collaborates with his wife, Alicia Hall Moran. They curated a five-day performance series, BLEED, at the 2012 Whitney Biennial residency and premiered Work Songs at the 2015 Venice Biennial. They also produce recordings on their label, Yes Records.

Mr. Moran composed the scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th, and for Ta-Nehisi Coates’s stage version of Between the World and Me.

History is an ongoing theme for Mr. Moran, who has created pieces about Thelonious Monk (In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959), Fats Waller (Fats Waller Dance Party), and James Reese Europe (James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin).

In 2018 Jason Moran had his first solo museum exhibition at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center; it traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2019. He is artistic director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center, programs for Park Avenue Armory, and teaches at New England Conservatory. He has produced 15 albums.

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Edmar Castaneda

Harp

Edmar Castaneda

Harp

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Special Thanks

Nadia Sirota is The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner.

Part of the Kravis Nightcap series

Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang.

Generous support is also provided by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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