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Face the Music's 2019-20 Season

Welcome to the 2019-20 season!

NYC’s Acclaimed Teen New Music Program Teams Up with JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, International Contemporary Ensemble and more

Kaufman Music Center’s celebrated youth new music program announces a new season of collaborations with living composers and performances of cutting-edge, post-genre music. This year, JACK Quartet will follow ETHEL and Kronos Quartet as Face the Music’s Quartet-in-Residence. Hailed as the “nation’s most important quartet” (New York Times) and “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe) JACK Quartet will coach and perform with Face the Music ensembles throughout the season. Face the Music will perform works from JACK’s Fulcrum Project, a new initiative based at Kaufman Music Center that will help support a more equitable musical landscape by commissioning six artists each year from communities underrepresented in classical music.

Highlights of the new season include a concert with flutist, composer and multi-genre performance artist Nathalie Joachim, a 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence, at National Sawdust on February 10. Together with Joachim, Face the Music will perform new arrangements of her Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics celebrating some of Haiti’s most iconic yet underrepresented female artists.

On April 29 at Merkin Hall, Face the Music will give the world premieres of works by the 2019-20 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. A national mentorship program founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center in 2016, Luna Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming composers” (The New Yorker).

This season Face the Music will work with composer and saxophonist Shelley Washington and perform works from the composers collective Kinds of Kings, which focuses on amplifying and advocating for underheard voices and producing immersive and inclusive work. In November they’ll join Finnegan Shanahan for a performance of his The Two Halves, a song cycle inspired by the route of the 19th century Hudson River Railroad from the Catskills to New Mexico. Face the Music will team up with the acclaimed New Hampshire summer music school and festival the Walden School.

Face the Music will continue its successful three-year partnership with Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation, joining the year-long celebration of Braxton’s 75th birthday with a June 2020 performance. Building on a partnership that culminated in a sold-out performance at the Rubin Museum last spring, Face the Music will continue its fruitful collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive, a dynamic artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music.

Face the Music’s Call for Scores program nurtures young composers by giving students the opportunity to develop new pieces in a workshop setting. Composer Salons in December, May and June will give students invaluable opportunities to have their works performed by Face the Music ensembles at intimate concerts in an informal setting.


Musicians age 12-18 are invited to audition for Face the Music.
For info, email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 212 501 3360. Do you know teen musicians who may be interested? Download a printable flyer HERE.