Kaufman Music Center

Face the Music

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The only youth ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers, the 200+ member Face the Music 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.”

Face the Music has been selected as one of one of only two New York-based Legacy Partners (the other being Carnegie Hall) - and the only youth group among the Legacy Partners - for Kronos Quartet's exciting new commissioning initiative "Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire." Over the next five years, the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet will commission 50 works by an eclectic group of composers (25 women and 25 men) devoted to the most recent approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Read an interview with Kronos founder David Harrington about the partnership with Face the Music in the May 2015 Strings Magazine.

This season, NYC's favorite teen new music ensemble performs at more than 35 performances at venues across the city and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, Queens Museum, Roulette and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.  They will premiere works by composers Carlos Carrillo, Merlijn Twaalfhoven and Asha Srinivasan as well as 17 new pieces by Face the Music members. Their repertoire for the new season also includes works by Michael Gordon, Philip Glass, Tristan Perich, Missy Mazzoli, Steven Mackey and Nicole Lizée.

Upcoming Concerts:

Fri, Apr 24, 7 pm
Americas Society
Music of Puerto Rico: Francis Schwartz's “Cannibal Caliban” and “Caliban’s Dance,” Henry Alonso's “Aku,”  Armando Bayolo's “August Dramas” and a world premiere by Carlos Carillo.

Sun, Apr 26, 4 & 8 pm
Le Poisson Rouge: Shastra Festival 2015
At 4 pm,  Face the Music's Samurai Mama Big Band performs music by Aakash Mittal. At 8 pm, Face the Music Philharmonic gives the world premiere of Ashna Srinavasan's "Samyukt."

Fri, May 1, 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
This string quartet showcase features the Face the Music string quartets mentored by the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet. Featuring FTM composer Isabel Kingston's "Alarm Clocks" and special guests Sound Bite Orchestra.

Sun, May 10,  2 pm & 4 pm
Queens Museum (New York City Building)
Face the Music's Quartet: This Side Up, Pannonia Quartet and Yellowtail Quartet perform works by Michael Daugherty, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Steve Young and Ljova.

Wed, May 13, 7:30 pm
Queens New Music Festival
The Church-in-the-Gardens
Together with Kronos Quartet, Face the Music's Quartet: This Side Up and Pannonia Quartet open the Queens New Music Festival with a program of music commissioned for Kronos, including Philip Glass's Quartet No. 5, Aleksandra Vrebalov's "Pannonia Boundless," Peter Sculthorpe's Quartet No. 8, Michael Daugherty's "Elvis Everywhere" and Terry Riley's "Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector." Together with Kronos, the three quartets will also give the world premiere of Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's "All In One."

Sun, May 17, 1 pm
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
Composers Voice concert series. “15 Minutes of Fame” commissioned pieces including Austin Celestin's “Winter” and “Spring” for piano quintet, Terry Riley's “Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector,” Armando Bayolo's “August Dramas” and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's “Each in Each.”

Sun, May 31, 7:30 pm
St. Marks in-the-Bowery
Face the Music Symphony plays “Greek Dances” by Paris Lavidis plus “Kannodu Kannodu” by A.R. Rahman.

Sun, June 14, 7:30 pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
The program opens with by Face the Music player Paris Lavidis's Violin Concerto in D, which explores the relationship between soloist and orchestra, Michelle David's "First Love Experience" and Benjamin Wenzelburg's "Air" for harp and strings. Then the acclaimed, classical chart-topping pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform a concerto written for her by Philip Lasser.

Mon, June 15, 7:30 pm
Samurai Mama Big Band performs works by Face the Music composers Sofia Belimova's "Trains" and Owen Carter's "82 Eridani." With special guests Mantra Percussion Youth Ensemble.

Sun, June 21, time & location TBA
Make Music New York: Sound Bite Orchestra

Mon, June 22, 2015, time TBA
Flea Theater/Tribeca New Music Festival
Face the Music's Quartet:This Side Up gives the world premiere of a new work for string quartet and electronics by Neil Rolnick.

Face the Music in the news:
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

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.

Support Face the Music! Call 212 501 3350 or donate online.


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Face the Music – Series Events

Merkin Concert Hall

Tel: 212 501 3330

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