Face the Music Concert

Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music’s student composers and performers return to Queens Museum with a diverse group of performances. The concert will feature:

  • Pannonia Quartet – “Recurrent Stages” Ryan Homesy (excerpts)
  • Mikka Quartet – “Sweeter Than Wine, II. Postscript” Ken Benshoof, “String Quartet” Shaw Edwards (FTM student)
  • Face the Music Symphony – Under the direction of Whitney George, they will perform Terry Riley’s “In C” with a twist: they are composing their own unique musical cells to be integrated into the music.
  • Student Works
Pannonia Quartet is Nina Uesato and Oren Segal, Violins; Musajon Karakhov, Viola; Frederic Renaud, Cello
Mikka Quartet is Gabriella Vermut and Vaishnavi Venkatesh, Violins; Musajon Karakhov, Viola; Shaw Edwards, Cello

About Face the Music
The only youth ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers,Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what The New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” NYC’s favorite youth new music ensemble performs at venues across the city and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, Queens Museum, Roulette and WNYC’s The Greene Space. Face the Music is the only youth group among the Legacy Partners for Kronos Quartet’s exciting new commissioning initiative “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” The recipient of an ASCAP Aaron Copland Award, Face the Music has been featured in Chamber Music Magazine,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

About Kaufman Music Center
Kaufman Music Center is New York’s go-to place for music education and performance. It’s where music lovers, from curious fans to renowned performers, come together to explore their musical passions. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is one of the city’s most vibrant cultural organizations, combining world-class teaching with electrifying performances.

Featured Image: Conductor David Bloom of the FTM Philharmonic

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