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New York Times Features Kaufman’s Youth New Music Ensemble Face the Music

Read about Kaufman Music Center's acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music in the New York Times! View the full article. Adventurous young musicians age 12-18 are invited to be part of Face the Music! Get registration info.

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Composer & Luna Lab Founder Missy Mazzoli Featured in Washington Post

Read the full article. Learn more about the Luna Lab mentorship program for young women composers.   Read the full article.

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Announcing the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

New Composition Mentorship Program for Teen Girls Addresses Gender Gap in the Field of Classical Music, Inspires Young Women to Compose Kaufman Music Center and Luna Composition Lab founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid announce the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. The three aspiring teen composers will be mentored by established women composers and have their works …

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Special Music School Alumnus Profle: Luis Diaz

“What I gained and what I felt at Special Music School—that wonder, that desire, that curiosity, and that sense of abandon and childlike passion—has acted as the catalyst for everything that I’ve become today.”   Luis Diaz first picked up the recorder in fourth grade at his elementary school in Upper Manhattan and soon earned a scholarsh…

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Special Music School Concerto Competition Winners Concert - Apr 2

Saturday, April 2, 7 pm, FREE Auditorium of the MLK Educational Complex, Amsterdam Ave. btw 65th & 66th St. Some of Special Music School High School’s most exciting young talents will be showcased on Saturday, April 2 at the MLK Educational Complex in Manhattan. The extraordinarily talented winners of the school's first ever Concerto Competition will perform…

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New Videos & Recordings

Watch videos and listen to recordings of performances at Merkin Concert Hall and beyond, including student performances, the Ecstatic Music Festival, What Makes It Great? and Face the Music! Click to listen to a recording of the March 8, 2016 Henry Schneider Scholarship Concert, featuring outstanding performances by Lucy Moses School students Leah Amory, Ethan Brown, Grac…

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Please Join Us in Giving Back

December 1 is #GIVINGTUESDAY. Please join us in giving back. At Kaufman Music Center we believe that music has the power to change lives. This #GIVINGTUESDAY we are so proud to share this power on the world stage. Members of our youth ensemble Face The Music have traveled to Paris to give their time and talent. They will be performing the work "Oceans Eat Cities" at the U…

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Creating a New Culture for Classical Music: Teen Ensemble Face the Music Launches 10th Season

“There’s only one rule: 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.”               …

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Face the Music in New York Magazine’s Vulture

Face the Music and member/composer Paris Lavidis are featured on New York Magazine's Vulture blog! Culture writer Nick Tabor writes, "..unlike the familiar image of young musicians soullessly sawing away at Bach concertos, most of what kids in Face the Music play is experimental, and much of it is outright bizarre. In fact, there’s only one rule: They only perfo…

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