Immerse yourself in new music from BMOP/sound and composer David Felder on the first release of 2020: Les Quatre Temps Cardinaux. Taking its title from a poem by René Daumal, translated as "The Four Cardinal Times", and incorporating works from Daumal and three other poets, Felder's large-scale song cycle is composed for 40 musicians, two solo voices, and 12 channels of surround-sound electronics. Soloists Laura Aikin and Ethan Herschenfeld join BMOP for this sophisticated electro-acoustic work.
Odyssey Opera and BMOP team up for their fifth collaboration to present the world premiere of The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane by Arnold Rosner. Featuring soprano Megan Pachecano as Lady Jane Grey, this opera tells the story of her nine-day reign which ended with one of English history's notorious beheadings when Mary Tudor's supporters claimed the crown in 1553.
Steven Mackey: Time Release is the composer's second BMOP/sound CD, featuring percussionist Colin Currie on the title track. The rest of the disc explores the coexistence of marine life and city life on Urban Ocean; "Shadow Chords" in Tonic; and Latin clave rhythms in Turn the Key.
For the second time in three years, the composer of a BMOP-commissioned work is the winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Composer Lei Liang won for A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams, premiered by BMOP in April 2018. More information about the work and the award here.