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Face the Music: New Music from Puerto Rico

Americas Society

April 24, 2015


(Image: Meg Goldman.)

Pre-registration for this event is now closed. Box office will be open at 6:15 PM, cash and all major credit cards accepted.

Admission: FREE for AS and YPA Members; $20 for non-members. No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online. $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door for students and seniors with ID.

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Face the Music is the only teen ensemble in the United States dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. In residence at the Kaufman Music Center, Face the Music (FTM) has established itself as a full-fledged player in New York City's vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what The New York Times' Allan Kozinn has called a "force in the New York new-music world." Read an interview with several FTM members from 2012 in I Care If You Listen.  


Angélica Negrón (b. 1981) Triste Silencio Programático (2002)
Armando Bayolo (b. 1973) August Dramas (1999)
Francis Schwartz (b. 1940) Cannibal Caliban for 3 performers (1975)
F. Schwartz Caliban's Dance (2012)
Carlos Carrillo (b. 1968) Versos for string quartet (2015) *world premiere
Henry Alonso (FTM student) Aku for string quartet and electronics (2015) *world premiere
Roberto Sierra (b. 1953) Bongo-0 (1982, rev. 2003)


Read more about the works and composers in the printed program (PDF).

Quartet This Side Up members perform Francis Schwartz's Cannibal Caliban with violist Kyle Blessing at the Queens Museum.

About the ensemble

The program will also feature Quartet: This Side Up, a string quartet made up of Face the Music players. Formed in September 2013, they have been mentored by the Kronos Quartet at the Kaufman Center have performed Ljova Ori's Fearful Symmetry (National Opera Center) for the release of the composer's album No Refund on Flowers; Philip Glass' String Quartet no. 2 (Spectrum); Gregor Hübner's String Quartet no. 3 (DROM); Paris Lavidis' Swan Boulevard in a masterclass with David Harrington; Elena Kats Cherinin's Fast Blue Village (St. Barnabas Church); Francis Schwartz's Cannibal Caliban (Queens Museum); and Salvado Briseño's El Sinaloense (Carnegie Hall), which they performed alongside Kronos.