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Kronos Quartet Teams
Up with Face the Music



Beginning in September 2013, three young string quartets from Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music youth ensemble will have the unprecedented opportunity to develop a close mentoring relationship with Kronos Quartet, the Grammy-winning ensemble known for its adventurous approach, diverse repertoire and in-depth collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers.

The members of Kronos Quartet will coach three Face the Music string quartets, who will perform music from Kronos’s vast repertoire and participate in innovative multi-media concert experiences – including a shared performance at Carnegie Hall on March 28, 2014 – that will advance Kronos’s mission to continually re-imagine the string quartet. The partnership will include master classes, backstage access to Kronos performances and workshops with the Kronos Performing Arts Association.

Since its founding in 2005, Face the Music has achieved renown in its own right, performing frequently at prominent NYC venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center and BAMCafé. The subject of feature articles in the New York Times and Daily News, the ensemble has also been profiled on National Public Radio.

“The Kronos at Kaufman Program is a big step forward as we attempt to imagine and re-imagine the future,” says Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington. “By welcoming young players into the musical world Kronos has helped to shape, we hope to demonstrate that the string quartet is a vital, potent and incredibly fun force in our society alive with a vast array of expressive possibilities. I am personally thrilled to get to work with these three young groups as we explore ways of thinking that can be useful for the growth of this next generation of players.”

“The Kronos Quartet and Face the Music share a commitment to fearless exploration and collaboration with contemporary composers and performers that make this partnership a natural fit,” says Face the Music’s Director, Dr. Jenny Undercofler. “We are thrilled that Kronos is recognizing the importance of new music and pre-college education by engaging in a direct mentoring relationship with Face the Music students.” New York City’s only youth new music ensemble dedicated to performing the music of living classical composers, the group, together with its director Dr. Undercofler, is re-defining classical music education.

On Saturday, July 27 at noon, Face the Music’s Pannonia Quartet will perform pieces originally composed for Kronos, including Steve Reich’s Different Trains, at Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. The concert is part of Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Advanced musicians between the ages of 10 and 18 are eligible to audition for Face the Music and Kronos at Kaufman. For more information, please email or call 212 501 3393.