Concert by Face the Music: New Voices, part 3
Feb 9 2014
The third in a series of four concerts by the band Time Out New York described as a “teenageriot new music group,” New Voices (part 3) sends two of Face the Music’s string quartets out on musical voyages. Ken Benshoof’s Traveling Music, was the Kronos Quartet’s first commission, in 1973, for the fee of one bag of doughnuts! The jaunty three-movement piece combines elements of classical and jazz in a pleasant fashion that evokes the changing
landscapes of a cross-country road trip. Daniel Bernard Roumain’s King portrays a journey of a different kind, along the path of MLK the private man, not the public figure. Both of the student quartets on this concert were selected to participate in the Kronos at Kaufman program during the 2013-14 school year and will be performing with Kronos during their 40th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall in March.
Concerts at 2pm and 4pm.
ABOUT FACE THE MUSIC
Called “a force in the new music world” by The New York Times, Face the Music is the country’s only ensemble for 18-and-under that is solely devoted to the music of living composers. In the space of nine years Face the Music has grown from an after-school club of eight kids to a massive group of over 135 students from all over the tri-state area who convene every week to write, rehearse, and perform music together. The ensemble advances Kaufman Music Center’s commitment to contemporary music and provides unparalleled performance and education experiences for the next generation of musical leaders.
Under the direction of Dr. Jenny Undercofler, Face the Music performs nearly 35 concerts each season in venues around the city ranging from schools to museums to concert halls. Highlights from recent seasons include performances at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Bang On A Can Marathon, the Ecstatic Music Festival, and the River to River Festival, where Face the Music opened for the Philip Glass Ensemble. Face the Music has collaborated with many professional artists, including the JACK Quartet, with whom they performed Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet at the Baryshnikov Arts Center last spring. Recently, Face the Music launched “Kronos at Kaufman,” a major collaboration with the Kronos Quartet for the 2013-14 season.