Running as a common thread through this program is a stream of constant sixteenth notes. Other than this musical commonality, the pieces couldn’t be more different. The old work on the program, Steve Reich’s “Different Trains,” for string quartet and playback, is a dark work about the holocaust and a seminal work, musically, for the composer’s innovative use of voice “pitches” in the instrumental part. More recent works include Tristan Perich’s “Interface,” from 2007, for string quartet and special 1-bit electronics created by the composer, in which the sounds of the pulsing speakers and the pulsing string instruments interweave and blend. San Francisco-based composer Dan Becker’s “Lockdown,” from 2010, brings a rock groove to the fore, and David Crowell’s “Open Road,” from the same year, evokes a funky playfulness with interweaving polyrhythms above confident bass line. The program also includes the world premiere of Crossing by twelve-year-old, Russian-born composer Sofia Belimova. Ms. Belimova, who is enrolled in the Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center, was named an Emerging Composer by the 2012 Tribeca Young Composer Competition.
Interface Tristan Perich (performed by Pannonia Quartet)
Open Road David Crowell (performed by Sorpresa Quartet)
Crossing Sofia Belimova (Student Composer, Performers TBA)
Lockdown Dan Becker (performed by Face the Music Quartet)
Different Trains Steve Reich (performed by Pannonia Quartet)
Face the Music Quartet
Haley Gilia, violin 1
Noelle Ike, violin 2
Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz, cello
Mae Roney, viola
Ben Goldstein, violin 1
Emma Ike, violin 2
Irene Chun, cello
Javen Lara, viola
Luca Sakon, violin 1
Nina Uesato, violin 2
Anthony Choi, cello
Myah Segurah, viola
Praised for “stunning performances” by The New York Times, Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is an alt-classical ensemble of more than one hundred and fifteen unusually talented teenagers from in and around New York City. Advancing Kaufman Music Center’s commitment to modern music, Face the Music provides an unparalleled performance and education experience for the next generation of musical leaders. Special Music School Director Jenny Undercofler founded the group in 2005.
Under the direction of conductor and founder Dr. Undercofler, Face the Music has played across New York City at venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, Roulette, the River to River Festival, Lincoln Center Atrium, BAM Café and the Bang On A Can Marathon. The group has been featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, NPR’s All Things Considered, and played on a live broadcast marking the opening of NY Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. In 2011, Face the Music was honored with the ASCAP Aaron Copland Award.
Face the Music features elementary, middle and high school students from over forty different New York City-area schools. Many of the performers are students or alumni of Kaufman’s own Special Music School, the only K-8 public school in New York City that integrates pre-conservatory musical training with academic education.
Since 2009-10, Face the Music has maintained three string quartets made up of particularly dedicated and excellent members of the larger ensemble. These three quartets (the Face the Music Quartet, the Pannonia Quartet, and the Sorpresa Quartet) have played on regular Face the Music concerts but have also made solo appearances at the Tribeca New Music Festival, the River to River Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MATA Gala honoring Kronos Quartet, the Look and Listen Festival and the Cornelia Street Café. The quartets have collaborated with composers LJOVA, Dan Visconti, Tristan Perich, Alexandra Vrebalov, Conrad Tao and Angélica Negrón, and have played in master classes for David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Neil Dufallo (ETHEL) and Kenji Bunch (Ne(x)tworks).