SOLD OUT - Face the Music with Helga Davis, Courtney Bryan, Shelley Washington, and Mazz Swift
6:30pm doors • 7pm show
Vocalist and WQXR host Helga Davis joins Face the Music and composers Courtney Bryan and Shelley Washington for a program that speaks with fierce urgency to unheard stories and issues facing Black America today. Inspired by the 2016 film Hidden Figures, the program includes Bryan’s Yet Unheard (inspired by the tragic death of Sandra Bland), Washington’s A Kind of Lung, and music by Mazz Swift.
Kaufman Music Center’s 100+-member Face the Music is the country’s only teen program dedicated to studying and performing post-genre music by trailblazing contemporary composers. Praised for “stunning performances” by the New York Times, Face the Music features a collection of ensembles including a chamber orchestra, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets, and mixed chamber-ensembles, all dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz and avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers.
Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers and the country’s only youth orchestra dedicated to post-genre music by living composers. It features a collection of ensembles including chamber orchestras, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets, and mixed chamber-groups, all dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz, and avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers.
Face the Music also offers mentorship, support, and unique promotional opportunities to developing young performers and composers through its unparalleled network of professional contemporary musicians, organizations, media outlets, and venues.
Every Sunday, more than 100 students from the New York City tristate area come together to work with a team of coaches and conductors to explore and study the music of today as a vehicle to learn collaborative decision-making, gain leadership skills, and produce performances of music composed by its own members. Each year, Face the Music presents more than 20 concerts at some of New York’s best concert venues, experimental performance spaces, schools, and educational institutions.