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:
Transit (2003) is a contemporary big band piece written by American composer, Darcy James Argue. It was awarded the 2004 BMI Charlie Parker Composition prize and was recorded on Argue’s debut album, Infernal Machines, with his ensemble Secret Society.
Simple Song No. 3 (2015) is a piece written by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang. Part of an imaginary set of songs in the film, Youth, Simple Song No. 3 was released as a single and went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for best original song in 2016.
Composition No. 134 by avant-jazz composer Anthony Braxton
Premieres by Janine Goh and Felix Mattick, two of Face the Music’s student composer-performers,
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.
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