Passing the Torch
A program exploring music by two teacher-student pairs: the Bohemians Antonín Dvorák-Josef Suk, and Cuban-born Tania León together with Puerto-Rican-American composer Carlos Carrillo.
All musicians who live and work long enough end up teaching in one format or another. This program explores two teacher-student relationships among composers, one pair each from Europe and the Americas. Antonín Dvorák and Josef Suk had a particularly close bond; after studying for several years with Dvorák, Suk married Dvorák’s daughter. The Cuban-American composer Tania León–a Kennedy Center honoree in 2022–has mentored many young composers and fostered the growth of numerous arts organizations during her long and distinguished career. Her student Carlos Carrillo, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be on hand to hear the premiere of his most recent piano trio.