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Face the Music Announces Open Call for Scores

Kaufman Music Center's teen new music ensemble Face the Music announces its third annual open call for scores from composers age 18 and under!

Once again, in 2015-16, young composers are invited to submit pieces for Face the Music’s Call For
Scores. Selected composers will have their submissions programmed for reading and/or performance or will be asked to write a...

Face the Music to Perform with Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall

More than 40 string players from Kaufman Music Center's acclaimed teen new music ensemble Face the Music will perform Dutch composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s “On Parole” with the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, March 7. The program also includes music by The National's Bryce DessnerDerek Charke and Aleksandra Vrebalov as well as a film by Bill...

SMS High School Composers to Premiere Works at NY PHIL BIENNIAL

Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium
Sunday, June 1, 11:30 am

Special Music School High School composers Zachary Detrick and Julian Galesi will premiere new works at the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a kaleidoscopic exploration of today’s music bringing together more than 50 composers for concerts of symphonies, concertos, staged opera, chamber music and solo works. An...

Face the Music Adds New Concerts!

New York’s favorite teen new music ensemble has added new performances this spring! Click here for the complete concert schedule.


On May 16, Face the Music kicks off the Queens New Music Festival with “Teen New Music Riot,” a program of music written by Face the Music players and students from Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High...

Face the Music Call for Scores

2014-15 Season: Second Annual Call for Scores

Submission deadline: Friday, June 6, 2014
Please send submissions to facethemusicnyc@gmail.com.

Face the Music is proud to announce our second annual open call for scores! Last year’s call for scores
was an overwhelming success. We received fifteen great submissions covering a wide range of style and experience and...

Face the Music & Kronos Quartet in the New York Times!

Face the Music's work with Kronos Quartet has made the New York Times!

Read Vivien Schweitzer's feature on Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary and find out why they're so committed to mentoring the younger generation of performers. Face the Music string quartets will perform with Kronos at Carnegie Hall on March 28!

Here's a taste:

“'That sounded massively...

Masterclass: Face the Music & Kronos Quartet, 3/25

Tuesday, March 25, 7 pm
Ann Goodman Recital Hall
FREE and open to the public

Come see the new Kronos at Kaufman residency in action when Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington gives a masterclass with two string quartets from Kaufman Music Center's youth new music ensemble, Face the Music: Pannonia Quartet and Quartet: This Side Up.

This year, four young Face the...

See Kaufman Music Center in The New Yorker!

"The future of the music business is in question, and institutions like City Opera have collapsed, but the Ecstatic Music Festival, started by Kaufman Music Center in 2011, is thriving, by encouraging contemporary classical artists to work with musicins from rock, hip-hop and other worlds," writes John Donohue in The New Yorker.

Read the full copy.

Get the Ecstatic...

NEW VIDEOS! Face the Music at Roulette

Watch Face the Music's performance at Roulette on December 2!
The concert featured the WORLD PREMIERES of two works by Face the Music’s own players: TJ Adorno’s jazz-themed Modern Hieroglyphics and Paris LavidisThis is Not Spartacus for 19 musicians who also act.

Face the Music also presented Michael Gordon’s epic Gotham, a tribute to the city itself that...

NEW VIDEO! Watch Face the Music’s 11/11 Performance at Drom

Click here to watch Face the Music's November 11 season kickoff concert at Drom!

Here's the program:

GREGOR HUEBNER  -  Quartet No. 3
Quartet This Side Up

DBR  -  String Quartet No. 2, "King"
Pulsar Quartet

MARK MELLITS  -   Quartet No. 2, "Revolution"
Pannonia Quartet

Face the Music's first ever solo improv concert...

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