Pre-concert Talk with Alexander Platt and Tania Leon

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Alexander Platt and Tania Leon

Alexander Platt, Tania Leon

Pre-concert talk with Alexander Platt and Tania Leon.

Pre-concert talk starts at 2:30pm.
Concert starts at 4:00pm.

Mozart: String Quartet No.23 in F Major, K.590
Tania Leon: “Ethos”, for piano and string quartet (2014)
Tania Leon: “going…..gone”, for piano (2012)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor

Muneko Otani, violin
Jennifer Leshnower, violin
Rosemary Nelis, viola
Gwen Krosnick, cello

Ursula Oppens, piano

Hailed for its “mighty rapport and relentless commitment” (Jay Harvey Upstage, 2021), the Cassatt String Quartet has performed across the world to critical acclaim since its founding in 1985, with appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, the Kennedy Center, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Centro National de las Artes, Maeda Hall, and Beijing’s Central Conservatory. The Cassatts have performed on the matched quartet of Stradivarius instruments at the Library of Congress; and, as resident quartet at the University of Buffalo, three complete Slee Beethoven String Quartet cycles.

Ursula Oppens, a legend among American pianists, is widely admired particularly for her original and perceptive readings of new music, but also for her knowing interpretations of the standard repertoire. No other artist alive today has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano that have entered the permanent repertoire.

Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations. Her orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music. In 2022, she was named a recipient of the 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. In 2023, she was awarded the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition from Northwestern University. Most recently, León became the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s next Composer-in-Residence—a post she will hold for two seasons, beginning in September 2023. She will also hold Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for its 2023-2024 season.

Latin Voices: Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Traditions in Classical and Jazz is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10

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