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Tania León: Acana

Tania Leon conductingPhoto: Craig Matthew

August 10, 2022

The Acana tree can grow up to 90 feet, standing tall over wide-spreading roots. Its remarkably strong wood is essential to Cuban life and society. On today's show, hear music inspired by this majestic tree: Acana by the 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade II: Aristophanes: Allegretto
Philippe Quint, violin | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra | Marin Alsop, conductor
Album: Bernstein: Serenade - Facsimile - Divertimento

Brian Nabors: Pulse
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic | Marin Alsop, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

The Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Wiley Newbold calling from Morgantown, WV

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26: Movements 2-3
Andrew Wan, violin | Matthew Lipman, viola | Robert deMaine, cello | Piers Lane, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak: Lasst Mich Allein "Leave Me Alone" Op. 82
Alisa Weilerstein, cello | Anna Polonsky, piano
Album: Dvorak

Tania Leon: Acana
Basel Sinfonietta | Ilan Volkov, conductor
Don Bosco Cultural Center, Basel, Switzerland

Arthur Honegger: Rugby
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Alisa Weilerstein, cello | Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Rafael Payare, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY