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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

Read about Face the Music member/composer Paris Lavidis in New York Magazine.

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.

During the 2014-15 season, NYC's favorite teen new music ensemble performed 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 premiered works by composers Carlos Carrillo, Merlijn Twaalfhoven and Asha Srinivasan as well as 17 new pieces by Face the Music members. Their repertoire also included works by Michael Gordon, Philip Glass, Tristan Perich, Missy Mazzoli, Steven Mackey and Nicole Lizée.

Upcoming Concerts:

Stay tuned for the 2015-16 season announcement!

Face the Music in the news:
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

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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