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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.”

                                                                                                                        -  New York Magazine, Vulture
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What are the kids listening to these days? You might be very surprised. This season, Kaufman Music Center’s 200+ member Face the Music will premiere works by composers Andy Didorenko, Justine Chen and Neil Rolnick as well as 34 new pieces by the ensemble’s own members, who range in age from nine to 19. You can catch them at Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Queens Museum, Roulette, the DiMenna Center – and in Paris! Face the Music will continue its three-year-old partnership with the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, who will coach the youth ensemble’s five string quartets and perform with the students on January 21.

2015-16 Season Highlights

  • Face the Music is headed to France! In December, FTM’s Quartet: This Side Up will perform Neil Rolnick’s “Oceans Eat Cities” at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the invitation of Climate Central.
  • Premieres of seven new works by the winners of the second annual MATA Jr. Festival on November 16. Featuring premieres of works by composers 19 and under, the MATA, Jr. Festival is part of a new collaboration between Kaufman Music Center and MATA, an organization founded by Philip Glass that commissions music by young composers around from the globe.
  • On June 19, Face the Music ensembles will premiere works by a diverse group of extraordinary composers at the first ever Women Composers Festival.
  • Series at Queens Museum, Firehouse Space, Roulette and Players Theatre

Click here to get the full schedule and watch videos of recent performances.