Queens New Music Festival: Face The Music
Praised for "stunning performances" by The New York Times, the Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music is an alt-classical ensemble of more than one hundred and fifteen talented teenagers from in and around New York City. Their program for the Queens New Music Festival highlights three string quartets from within the larger ensemble: the Face the Music Quartet, the Pannonia Quartet, and the Sorpresa Quartet.
Running as a common thread through the program will be a stream of constant sixteenth notes. The oldest 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 for the composer's innovative use of voice "pitches" in the instrumental part; Tristan Perich's Interface (2007) for string quartet is coupled with special 1-bit electronics created by the composer; San Francisco-based composer Dan Becker's Lockdown (2010) brings a rock groove to the fore; and David Crowell's Open Road (2010), evokes a funky playfulness with interweaving polyrhythms above a 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.
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