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Face the Music "only performs work by living composers. The result is a subculture where Radiohead and Portishead cross-pollinate with Bartók and Dvořák, where orchestral music feels newly relevant as a medium of self-expression."  - New York Magazine

America’s only teen ensemble dedicated to music by living composers announces a new season of more than 20 performances throughout NYC and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Queens Museum, Roulette and the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris as well as the SONiC Festival, MATA Jr. Festival and Ecstatic Music Festival. In residence at Kaufman Music Center, the 200+ member Face the Music will premiere works by composers Andy Didorenko, Justine Chen and Neil Rolnick as well as 34 new pieces by the ensemble’s own members, who range in age from 11 to 18. Their repertoire for the new season also includes works by Steve Reich, Mark Mellits, Llova, George Crumb, Maria Schneider, Tamar Muskal, Nina C. Young and Augusta Read Thomas.

Partnership with Kronos Quartet
This season Face the Music continues its three-year-old partnership with the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, who will coach the youth ensemble’s five string quartets and perform with the students on January 21. Face the Music is the only youth group among the Legacy Partners for Kronos Quartet’s exciting new commissioning initiative "Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire." Read an interview with Kronos founder David Harrington about the partnership with Face the Music in the May 2015 Strings Magazine.

Face the Music in the news:
New York Magazine "Vulture," 6/26/15
Chamber Music Magazine, Summer 2015
New York TImes review, 6/22/15
Wall Street Journal feature, 6/18/14
New York Times feature, 3/23/12
Daily News feature, 5/23/11
National Public Radio profile, 5/27/10

Upcoming Concerts

Sun, Oct 18, 3-9 pm
SONiC Festival
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center (129 W. 67th St.)
At this 6-hour marathon showcasing the breadth and depth of emerging composers working today, JACK QUARTET is joined by other leading new music ensembles and performers including FACE THE MUSIC, SO PERCUSSION, DEREK BERMEL, RACHEL CALLOWAY, CAROLINE SHAW and KEN THOMSON in music by Caroline Shaw, Jeff Myers, Carolina Heredia, Loren Loiacano, Ken Thomson, and the world premieres of new double quartets for Face the Music's QUARTET: THIS SIDE UP by Justine Chen and Face the Music composer/player Paris Lavidis. This concert is part of the 2015 SONiC - Sounds of a New Century festival: 9 days of 21st century music by composers age 40 and under produced by American Composers Orchestra.

Sat, Oct 24, time TBA
Composer’s Voice Gala
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, Upper West Side)

Sun, Nov 8, 2 pm
Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)
Featuring Face the Music’s Sound Bite Orchestra. Program TBA.

Mon, Nov 16, 7:30 pm
2nd Annual MATA Jr. Festival
DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 W. 37th St., Manhattan)
Featuring the Face the Music Philharmonic

Face the Music performs seven new works by the winners of second annual MATA Jr. Festival competition winners as well as works by MATA mentor composers: Florent Ghys, Fjóla Evans and Wang Lu. Featuring premieres of works by composers 19 and under, the MATA Jr. Festival is part of a new collaboration between Kaufman Music Center and MATA, an organization founded by Philip Glass that commissions music by young composers around from the globe.

Mon, Nov 30, 7:30 pm
Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)
Featuring Face the Music Symphony and Quartet: This Side Up. Program TBA.

Sun, Dec 6, 2 pm
Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)
Featuring Face the Music’s Samurai Mama Big Band. Program TBA.

Fri, Dec 11, 7:30 pm
Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., Brooklyn)

Wed, Jan 27, 7:30 pm
Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St., West Village)
Featuring Face the Music’s Sound Bit Orchestra and string quartets. Program TBA.

Fri, Feb 5, 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., Brooklyn)
Face the Music Solo Fest: Solo and duo performances of works by Face the Music players and Special Music School High School composers

Wed, Mar 2, 7:30 pm
Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St., West Village)
Works by Face the Music composer/player Henry Nelson and others TBA.

Sun, Mar 13, 2 pm
Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)
Works by Face the Music composer/players Emily DeLia and Ming-Xing Hawkins.

Mon, Mar 14, 7:30 pm
Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)
Face the Music’s Samurai Mama Big Band performs works by FTM player/composers Julian Galesi and Yusei Hata.

Fri, Mar 25, 2015, 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., Brooklyn)
Featuring Face the Music’s Sound Bite Orchestra and string quartets. Program TBA.

Wed, Apr 6, 7:30 pm
Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St., West Village)
Featuring Face the Music string quartets. Program TBA.

Sun, Apr 17, 2 pm
Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)
Featuring Face the Music Symphony and FTM string quartets. Steve Reich, Eight Lines.

Mon, May 2, 7:30 pm
Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)
Face the Music Solo Fest: Solo and duo performances of works by FTM member composers. Also featuring FTM’s Samurai Mama Big Band.

Mon, June 13, 7:30 pm
Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn)
Face the Music’s Sound Bite Orchestra Works performs works by Face the Music players/composers Elisha Jimenez, Yonatan Rozin, Branch Freeman, Sophia Mai Brown and Ari Dubow.

Sun, June 19, time TBA
Young Women’s Composer Festival
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
(128 W. 67th St., Upper West Side)
Face the Music Philharmonic, Face the Music Symphony and FTM’s Samurai Mama Big Band perform works by young women composers and adult composers Tamar Muskal and Nina C. Young.

Sun, June 21, 2015, time & location TBA
Make Music New York
Featuring Face the Music’s Sound Bite Orchestra and Quartet: This Side Up.


Advanced musicians between the ages of 10 and 18 are eligible to audition for Face the Music. For more information, please call 212 501 3390 or email jundercofler@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

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