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Face the Music’s 2018-19 Season

The New Face of 21st Century Music

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 at venues all over NYC. Registration info.

“Face the Music’s dynamic young musicians truly are the future of music,” says Kate Sheeran, Kaufman Music Center’s Executive Director. “Starting at a young age, they are playing repertoire that spans genres and draws energy and vitality from a wide range of traditions.”

2018-19 Season Highlights:

  • NYC's “vital and brilliant” (New Yorker) string quartet ETHEL teams up with Face the Music for a year-long residency at Kaufman Music Center culminating in a performance by the two ensembles plus the legendary Todd Rundgren, a 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, at the Ecstatic Music Festival in Merkin Hall on March 17.
     
  • Vocalist and WQXR host Helga Davis and composers Courtney Bryan and Shelley Washington join Face the Music at National Sawdust on February 11 for a program inspired by the 2016 film Hidden Figures. The program includes Bryan’s Yet Unheard, inspired by the tragic death of Sandra Bland, plus Washington’s A Kind of Lung.
     
  • On January 14, Face the Music performs at Roulette with Mazz Swift and the International Contemporary Ensemble, the artist collective hailed as “America’s foremost new-music group” (Alex Ross) and “the new gold standard for new-music” (The New Yorker). They will perform works by Mazz Swift following a residency with the vocalist, composer, improviser and Juilliard-trained violinist.
     
  • Face the Music is joined by young musicians from Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School and NYC’s top conservatory programs – Juilliard Pre-College, Mannes Prep at The New School’s Open Campus and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College – on May 8 for world premieres of works by the 2019 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. Founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center in 2016, Luna Composition Lab addresses the gender imbalance in the field of composition by encouraging self-identifying girls and young women to compose.
     
  • On April 12, the full Face the Music Orchestra performs at the Rubin Museum of Art with sitar and tabla soloists from Brooklyn Raga Massive, a dynamic artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music.
     
  • For the second year, Face the Music will partner with Tri-Centric Foundation for performances of works by Anthony Braxton.
     
  • Collaborations with composers Mary Halvorson, John Hollenbeck, Murat Çolak, Shawn Jaeger and Molly Herron.
     
  • Premieres of up to 15 new works by young Face the Music member-composers.