Brad Lubman has led Musica Nova, Eastman School of Music's contemporary classical ensemble, for more than 20 years. During that time, the in-demand conductor has shaped the group as a consistently insightful interpreter of 20th- and 21st- century compositions. On Thursday, Lubman and Musica Nova will honor the memory of the recently departed Oliver Knussen. The late composer was a mentor to Lubman, who served as Knussen's assistant conductor at Tanglewood Music Center's Festival of Contemporary Music from 1989 to 1994. In addition to Knussen's "Songs without Voices" and the world premiere of Lubman's "Olly in memoriam," the concert will feature music by Augusta Read Thomas, Rebecca Saunders, and Anton Webern. Edo Frenkel and Mark Powell will also conduct.
Musica Nova will perform on Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. at Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street. Free. 274-1000. esm.rochester.edu.