Poster Tanya Leon
Tania Léon conducting the Youth Orchestra LA.
Craig Matthew/Courtesy of the artist
Performance Today®

Tania Leon: Alma

Performance Today - May 8, 2024

A colorful bird sings high in a tree. Suddenly, it takes off and flies in chaotic circles, running into nearby trees. The bird exhausts itself and falls asleep. That's the story of a piece called Alma by Tania Leon—and we'll hear it on today's show!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Bela Bartok: "For Children," Hungarian Folk Tunes, Volume 1
Paul Galbraith, 8-string guitar
Album: In Every Lake the Moon Shines Full
Delos 3236

Duke Ellington: Night Creature
Courtney Bryan, piano | Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Louis Langree, conductor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Austin Hooper calling from Waco, Texas

Bela Bartok: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz. 111
Gilbert Kalish, piano | Tommaso Lonquin, clarinet | Kristin Lee, violin
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak, arr. PUBLIQuartet: Improvisations on Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 "American" movement 4
Album: What is American
Bright Shiny Things 171

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso No. 6 in G-minor: Movement 4 Allegro
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Tania Leon: Alma
Amelia Lukas, flute | Stewart Goodyear, piano
Chamber Music Northwest, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland, OR

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Benjamin Hochman, piano | Susie Park, violin | Melissa Reardon, viola | Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Portland Chamber Music Festival, Hannaford Hall, Portland, ME

Love the music?

Donate by phone

Show your support by making a gift to YourClassical.

Each day, we’re here for you with thoughtful streams that set the tone for your day – not to mention the stories and programs that inspire you to new discovery and help you explore the music you love.

YourClassical is available for free, because we are listener-supported public media. Take a moment to make your gift today.

More Ways to Give

Your Donation


Latest Performance Today® Episodes


Latest Performance Today® Episodes


About Performance Today®

To find a station near you on our Stations Listings page, click here.

American Public Media’s Performance Today® is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including at 1 p.m. central weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. More information about our stations can be found at APM Distribution.

Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

How do I leave a comment?

Send us a comment here.

About Performance Today®