Composer Charles Wuorinen, best known recently for his opera Brokeback Mountain, is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, and this Sunday, February 11, “Charles Wuorinen at 80” will pull out all the stops (no organs allowed, however) with a program featuring a roll-call of performers that reads like an encyclopedia of America’s top new music pianists. Steven Beck, Alan Feinberg, Marilyn Nonken, Ursula Oppens, and Jeffrey Swann will present Wuorinen’s dual-piano The Mission of Virgil (1993), his solo Oros (2009), and Igor Stravinsky’s Sonata (1924). Composer-conductor Louis Karchin will also offer reminiscences.
Not only will Wuorinen be there to acknowledge their plaudits and congratulations; you can be there too for the price of a subway ride. The concert is free. It begins at 3.00pm at the Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street. More information at the Facebook page for the event.