These hour-long, family-friendly concerts combine extraordinary music with reflections by Simone Dinnerstein at P.S. 321 and James Matheson at P.S. 142. Musicians donate their performances, and all ticket sales benefit the students of the host schools. Not recommended for children under age six.
Brooklyn-based composer (and P.S. 321 faculty member) Joseph C. Phillips Jr.'s genre-bending work combines avant-garde classical, jazz, and big band music. His new score for the 1922 silent film The Loves of Pharoah by German director Ernst Lubitsch had its world premiere on the BAM Next Wave Festival in 2012. Set in ancient Egypt, this monumental film spectacle features lavish sets and costumes and a cast of thousands. Phillips' ensemble Numinous will perform the music live at P.S. 321, with scenes from the film. The group will also play chamber music by Phillips with visual elements, including an audience interactive piece inspired by synchronous fireflies and a new composition based on a children's picture book.
Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today's world. Supové presents solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO, in which she has performed and premiered works by countless established as well as emerging composers. Upcoming projects include new/complete Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz; Digital Debussy , the piano works/ghost pieces of Morton Subotnick; and performances throughout the UK of Urban Birds by Arlene Sierra in connection with the Commonwealth Games. In June 2013, she and Sideband Laptop Orchestra performed and gave a Google Talk at their headquarters in Chelsea, NYC. At P.S. 142, Kathleen Supové will perform music by Claude Debussy, Daniel Felsenfeld, Randall Woolf, Matt Marks, and Mohammed Fairouz.
Under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. Jenny Undercofler, Face the Music has played across New York City at venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, Roulette, BAMcafé, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.