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Face the Music
Announces New
Concerts & Recordings


Highlights Include Performances at BAMcafé, Merkin Concert Hall,
The New Music USA Awards Ceremony, Make Music New York
and Conrad Tao’s UNPLAY Festival

Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music, NYC’s only youth ensemble dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” So far this season they have performed at more than 14 venues, including Merkin Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art and Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.

Their season continues in May and June with 12 concerts throughout NYC. Highlights include performances of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and other works at BAMcafé on May 3, John Adams’s complex and notoriously difficult Fearful Symmetries at St. Ann's Church on June 19, and two performances on the UNPLAY Festival organized by the celebrated young pianist/composer Conrad Tao, the only classical musician on Forbes’s 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world. (Watch a video of their April 28 performance of Fearful Symmetries at Queens College.)

In addition to their busy performance schedule, Face the Music has been recording this spring: On April 27 Face the Music’s Pannonia Quartet recorded DJ Spooky’s Nauru Elegies, which they performed with the composer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 18. On June 19, Face the Music and JACK Quartet will record Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet at WQXR. The ensemble is also featured on Christine Southworth's new album, String Quartets, along with Kronos Quartet and the Calder Quartet, performing the song “Volcano.” Click here to listen.

On Sunday, June 2, 6-8 pm, David Robertson – conductor of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  – will guest conduct Face the Music in a rehearsal of John Adams's Fearful Symmetries at The DiMenna Center’s Cary Hall.

May & June 2013 Concert Schedule:

Fri, May 3, 2013, 8 pm
BAMCafé (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn;
Steve Reich, Triple Quartet; Mehdi Hosseini; String Quartet No. 2; Aleksandra Vrebalov, Pannonia Boundless; Steven Mackey, Physical Property

Mon, May 13, 8 pm
New Music USA Awards Ceremony at the New Museum
(235 Bowery;
Ethan Cohn, Lionfish; Julia Wolfe, Lick

Fri, May 17, 2013, 8 pm
Queens New Music Festival
(Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St., Long Island City;
David Crowell, Open Road (Sopresa Quartet); Tristan Perich, Interface (Pannonia Quartet); Dan Becker, Lockdown (Face the Music Quartet); Steve Reich, Different Trains (Pannonia Quartet); Sofia Belimova, (student), Crossing

Sun, May 19, 2013, 2 pm
Neighborhood Classics Series – P.S. 142 (100 Attorney St.;
Andrii Didorenko, Double Concerto; Daniel Bernard Roumain, La, La, La, La; Julia Wolfe, Lick; Michael Gordon, Yo Shakespeare; Ethan Cohn (student), Lionfish

Sun, Jun 2, 2013, 2 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Pl., NYC;
Steve Reich, Different Trains, other works TBA

Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 6 pm
Garibaldi Stage at Washington Square Park
Julia Wolfe, Lick; Michael Gordon, Yo Shakespeare; Steve Mackey, Physical Properties; Jack Guglielmetti (student), Inseguimento; Ethan Cohn (student), Lionfish

Sun, Jun 9, 2013, 6:30 pm
Kaufman Center Chamber Fest, Merkin Concert Hall
(129 W. 67th St., NYC;
Joe Jordan (student), Cumulonimbus

Wed, Jun 12, 2013, 8 pm
PowerHouse Arena
(37 Main St., DUMBO, Brooklyn;
Michael Gordon, Yo Shakespeare; Julia Wolfe, Lick. This concert is part of Conrad Tao's UNPLAY Festival.

Thu, Jun 13, 2013, 8 pm
PowerHouse Arena
(37 Main St., DUMBO, Brooklyn;
Face the Music's Pannonia Quartet performs Michael Daugherty's Sing Sing. This concert is part of Conrad Tao's UNPLAY Festival.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., Brooklyn;
Jack Guglielmetti (student), Inseguimento, plus quartet music TBA

Wed, Jun 19, 2013, 8 pm
St. Ann's Church (157 Montague St. Brookyn;
Face the Music and the JACK Quartet perform works by Face the Music students; John Adams, Fearful Symmetries; Steve Reich, Triple Quartet performed with the JACK Quartet

Fri, Jun 21, 2013, 6 pm
Make Music New York (Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th St.,
John Adams, Fearful Symmetries; Andrii Didorenko, Double Concerto; Daniel Bernard Roumain, La, La, La, La; Joe Jordan (student), Cumulonimbus

For ticket and price information, please contact the individual venues listed above.