Charles Wuorinen is not your typical composer of prickly contemporary classical music. Sure, there are plenty of emotionally charged, dissonant harmonies, but there's also a rich lyricism that makes his atonal compositions more than purely visceral exercises. On Friday, the Eastman School's Musica Nova, led by conductors Brad Lubman and Edo Frenkel, will perform an all-Wuorinen program to honor the Howard Hanson Visiting Guest Composer during his 80th birthday year. The free concert will feature "New York Notes," "Arabia Felix," and the music to the ballet "The River of Light." Wuorinen will be in attendance.
Musica Nova performs the work of composer Charles Wuorinen on Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. at Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street. Free. 274-1000. esm.rochester.edu; charleswuorinen.com.