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Face the Music Announces 2013-14 Concert Season

NY’s Only Youth New Music Ensemble to Perform at Carnegie Hall,
Queens Museum of Art, The Greene Space & the New York Philharmonic Biennial

Watch a video introduction to the new season:

Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music ensemble launches its 2013-14 concert season on November 11 at the East Village music club Drom and continues at venues throughout NYC including Carnegie Hall, New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Roulette and Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium among many others.

The only student ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers, Face the Music will perform works by Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Vijay Iyer, Nico Muhly and others. The ensemble will also premiere 15 new pieces by its own members.

Highlights of the new season include a performance with Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, a four-concert series at the Queens Museum of Art and participation in the 2014 New York Philharmonic Biennial as well as collaborations with the avant-garde composer-performer collective thingNY, chamber-punk-jazz ensemble Gutbucket and the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble. In honor of Black History Month, they will perform Haitian-American violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s immersive, multi-media piece Human Songs and Stories at Bronx Museum of the Arts.

This season Face the Music will perform with the Montville Percussion Ensemble, a New Jersey youth ensemble dedicated to the performance of classical percussion literature with an emphasis on living composers. They will also mentor and perform for younger students in the Union City Music Project, an after-school program based on the Venezuelan El Sistema program.

About Face the Music
In residence at Kaufman Music Center, Face the Music 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.” Highlights from recent seasons include performances on the Bang On A Can Marathon, Ecstatic Music Festival and the River to River Festival, where Face the Music opened for the Philip Glass Ensemble. Face the Music players have collaborated with many professional artists, including most recently, the JACK Quartet, with whom they performed Steve Reich's Triple Quartet at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. They have been broadcast multiple times on WNYC and WQXR and have been featured in the New York Times and Daily News and on All Things Considered. In 2011, the ensemble and its director, Dr. Jenny Undercofler, were honored with the ASCAP Aaron Copland Award. Founded in 2005 by Dr. Undercofler, Face the Music has grown from an after-school club of eight kids to a massive group of 136 students from over 40 elementary, middle and high schools from all over the tri-state area. Many of the performers are students or alumni of Kaufman Music Center’s own Special Music School, the only K-12 public school in New York City that integrates pre-conservatory musical training with academic education.

Kronos at Kaufman Residency
Beginning this fall, four Face the Music string quartets 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, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will coach the student 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.

Upcoming Concerts:

Mon, Nov 11, 2013, 7 pm
Drom (85 Avenue A)
Mark Mellits, Quartet No. 2, "Revolution" (Pannonia Quartet); Gregor Huebner, Quartet No. 3 (Quartet This Side Up); DBR,  String Quartet No. 2, "King" (Pulsar Quartet), plus Face the Music's first ever solo improv concert

Mon, Nov 25, 2013, time TBA
WFMU – Live Broadcast (91.1 FM)
Program TBA

Mon, Dec 2, 2013, time TBA
Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)
Michael Gordon, Gotham; Paris Lavidis (student), This Is Not Spartacus; Rebecca Heilweil (student), Glass On Shuffle; improvised works

Sun, Dec 8, 2013, time TBA
Queens Museum of Art (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
Yonatan Rozin (student), A Walk Through Windy Days; Abe Gold (student), Continuing Resolution; Alice Volfson (student), Three Movements; works by Gutbucket TBA

Sun, Jan 12, 2014, time TBA
Queens Museum of Art (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
Huang Ruo, The Lost Garden; Paris Lavidis (student), This Is Not Spartacus; improvised works

Thu, Jan 16, 2014, time TBA
Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway at 62nd St.)
Michael Gordon, Gotham; Paris Lavidis (student), This Is Not Spartacus; more TBA

Sun, Jan 26, 2014, time TBA
Union City Music Project
Vijay Iyer, Three Fragments; Dean Deng, Soliloquy; more TBA

Fri, Jan 31, 2014, time TBD
Ecstatic Music Festival Kickoff Concert
The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR (44 Charlton St.)
A Q2 Music Presentation; video webcast live on

Fri, Feb 7, 2014, time TBA
Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx)
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Human Songs and Stories. Performed in honor of Black History Month.

Sun, Feb 9, 2014, time TBA
Queens Museum of Art (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
Program TBA

Sun, Mar 2, 2014, time TBA
St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery (131 E. 10th St.)
Gregor Huebner, violin and cello concerti; Dean Deng (student), Soliloquy; Huang Ruo, The Lost Garden

Sun, Mar 9, 2014, time TBA
Queens Museum of Art (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
Vijay Iyer, Three Fragments; Zachary Detrick (student), Computer Generated Jungle; improvised works performed with thingNY

Mon, Mar 17, 2014, time TBA
Special Music School High School
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Ave.)
Gutbucket performs with students from Face the Music and Special Music School High School.

Tue, Mar 18, 2014, time TBA
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St.)
Gutbucket covers Steve Martland’s Horses of Instruction; works by Special Music School High School students TBA

Fri, Mar 28, 2014, 8 pm
Carnegie Hall (7th Ave. at W. 57th St.)
Face the Music string quartets perform with Kronos Quartet. Program TBA.

Sun, May 4, 2014, time TBA
St. Barnabas Church (409 E. 241 St.)
Program TBA

Thu, May 8, 2014, time TBA
Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St.)
Huang Ruo, The Lost Garden; Howard Lin (student), Kepler62f; Daniel Ma (student), The Music of Presidents

Sun, June 1, 2014, time TBA
New York Philharmonic Biennial
Special Music School High School
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Ave.)
Huang Ruo, The Lost Garden; Vijay Iyer, Three Fragments

Sat, June 21, 2014, time TBA
Make Music New York (location TBA)
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Human Songs and Stories

Additional concerts TBA.
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Joan Jastrebski
212 501 3386

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