This program will pair works by minimalist masters with performances of new works by Face the Music students. Sound Bite Orchestra, Face the Music’s improv ensemble, will open the show with music of the Tanmoy Bose and Taal Tantra Experience, followed by Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 5 and Steve Reich’s masterful “Eight Lines.” The performance will also feature the premiere of “Colors” by Face the Music composer Calvin Solomon.
Praised for “stunning performances” by The New York Times, Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is the only youth ensemble in the country solely devoted to the music of living composers. Advancing Kaufman Music Center’s commitment to modern music, Face the Music draws over 200 students from all over the New York region.
Face the Music has played at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Roulette, BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the Bang On A Can Marathon; and has worked with professional musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, David Robertson, and Vijay Iyer. Now in its eleventh season, Face the Music has been featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been the subject of feature stories in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Face the Music performs music for large groups (orchestra, jazz band, improvisation ensemble); cultivates, workshops and performs music by its own member-composers; and partners with the Kronos Quartet in a one-of-a-kind string quartet program devoted to contemporary music. Face the Music is the only youth group among the Legacy Partners for Kronos Quartet’s groundbreaking new commissioning initiative “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.”
FACE THE MUSIC: New Works by New Folks III is a performance of [ROULETTE KIDS], a family-friendly, kid-approved educational programming series that fosters enrichment, curiosity, and wonder through music and the free-play of imagination, experimentation and creative interaction.
Support for [ROULETTE KIDS] is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.