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Just announced!  Face the Music and Kaufman Music Center is excited to be a Partner in Kronos Quartet's "Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire." To learn more about the program click herePlease check back for updates regarding Face the Music's role as a Partner and general "Fifty for the Future" news! 

NYC's favorite teen new music ensemble announces a new season of 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.

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.”

Upcoming Concerts:

Sat, Mar 7, 9 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Approximately 40 string players from Face the Music join the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a performance of Dutch composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s “On Parole.” 

Sun, Mar 8,  2 & 4 pm
Queens Museum (New York City Building)
Face the Music Symphony performs Philip Glass/Ravi Shankar’s “Meetings Along the Edge,” and FTM's Sound Bite Orchestra performs one of its own compositions.

Mon, Mar 9, time TBA
P.S. 142 Amalia Castro School
In collaboration with the 21-member new music ensemble Contemporaneous, Face the Music's band Fea4less Voices will play “And Then It Rained” by David Moore with Contemporaneous, along with a set of their own tunes.

Wed, Mar 18, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall
Face the Music joins an 80th birthday tribute to Minimalist pioneer Terry Riley as part of Kaufman Music Center's 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival. With Gyan Riley, Emily Wells, Marco Benevento and more.

Fri, Mar 20, 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
Pannonia Quartet performs FTM member composer Graydon Hanson’s “Adagio,” along with Michael Daugherty’s “Elvis Everywhere.”

Mon, Mar 30, 7:30 pm
Featuring the world premiere of FTM member composer Paris Lavidis’ “Violin Concerto in D” along with Yonatan Rozin’s “Radio Cave,” Michelle David’s “First Love Experience” and Jonah Murphy’s “Quartet."

Thu, Apr 2, time TBA
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Repertoire TBA.

Wed, Apr 15, 7:30 pm
The Players Theatre
Collaborative concert with IKTUS Percussion.

Fri, Apr 17, time TBA
String Quartet Repertoire TBA.

Fri, Apr 24, 7 pm
Americas Society
Music of Puerto Rico, including the world premiere of a new string quartet by Carlos Carillo.

Sun, Apr 26, time TBA
Le Poisson Rouge
Shastra Festival: premieres by Ashna Srinavasan and Aakash Mittal.

Fri, May 1, 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
This string quartet showcase features Face the Music string quartets mentored by the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet. Repertoire TBA.

Sun, May 10,  2 pm & 4 pm
Queens Museum (New York City Building)
Repertoire TBA.

Wed, May 13, 2015 Time TBA
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 works by Alexandra Vrebalov, Peter Sculthorpe and others. The three quartets will also perform a new piece by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.

Sun, May 17, 1 pm
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
Composers Voice concert series: repertoire TBA.

Sun, May 31, 7:30 pm
St. Marks in-the-Bowery
Face the Music Symphony plays “Greek Dances” by Paris Lavidis plus more repertoire TBA.

Sun, June 14, 7:30 pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
The program opens with a new work by Face the Music player Paris Lavidis exploring the relationship between soloist and orchestra. 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.

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

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.

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