Highlights Include Performances at BAMcafé, Merkin Concert Hall,
The New Music USA Awards Ceremony, Make Music New York
and Conrad Tao’s UNPLAY Festival
Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music, NYC’s only youth ensemble dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, 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.” So far this season they have performed at more than 14 venues, including Merkin Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art and Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
Their season continues in May and June with 12 concerts throughout NYC. Highlights include performances of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and other works at BAMcafé on May 3, John Adams’s complex and notoriously difficult Fearful Symmetries at St. Ann's Church on June 19, and two performances on the UNPLAY Festival organized by the celebrated young pianist/composer Conrad Tao, the only classical musician on Forbes’s 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world.
In addition to their busy performance schedule, Face the Music has been recording this spring: On April 27 Face the Music’s Pannonia Quartet recorded DJ Spooky’s Nauru Elegies, which they performed with the composer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 18. On June 19, Face the Music and JACK Quartet will record Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet at WQXR. The ensemble is also featured on Christine Southworth's new album, String Quartets, along with Kronos Quartet and the Calder Quartet, performing the song “Volcano.”
On Sunday, June 2, 6-8 pm, David Robertson – conductor of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – will guest conduct Face the Music in a rehearsal of John Adams's Fearful Symmetries at The DiMenna Center’s Cary Hall.