Guggenheim Museum celebrates composer with birthday concert.
On June 9th, Charles Wuorinen's 75th birthday, the eminent composer will be feted by the Guggenheim Museum with a concert in their Works & Processes series. Three of his chamber works will be presented by cellist Fred Sherry, who will also participate in a discussion with the composer.
Sherry, known for his passionate advocacy of bold, complex scores, will be joined by a small chamber ensemble for performances of Wuorinen's Iridule for oboe and sextet, New York Notes for sextet and optional electronics, and Fast Fantasy for cello and piano.
Wuorinen's 75th birthday year has already been marked by a number of high-profile performances, including the New York premieres of Big Spinoff, a work for chamber orchestra whose wild energy and abundant wit were applauded by the New York Times, and of It Happens Like This, a thoroughly charming cantata with chamber accompaniment, performed by Alarm Will Sound and Ensemble Signal, respectively.
Just days before the Guggenheim tribute, Wuorinen will also lead a concert of his own music at the University at Buffalo's Center for 21st Century Music, featuring It Happens Like This in addition to his Piano Quartet. The celebrations will culminate with the world premiere of his much-anticipated second opera, Brokeback Mountain, at the Teatro Real Madrid in January 2014.