BMOP, Odyssey Opera play for the kids at Jordan Hall

Neither the Boston Modern Orchestra Project nor Odyssey Opera is well known for its children’s programming, so it was a particular pleasure to see the dozens of pint-size opera-goers filing into Jordan Hall excitedly on Sunday afternoon. The occasion was Tobias Picker’s family opera, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” with a libretto by Donald Sturrock adapted from the story by Roald Dahl.

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December 9, 2014
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The Boston Globe
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Boston, MA
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Sunday’s performance sparkled under Gil Rose’s baton

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff

Fuse Concert Review: Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Surround Sound at Jordan Hall

Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) opened their season on Sunday afternoon with a typically generous and curious program, highlighting music for orchestra and electronics. Perhaps the most impressive takeaway – aside from the rich, musical diversity the afternoon’s three selections showcased – were the often almost imperceptible ways in which composers Ronald Bruce Smith, Anthony Paul de Ritis, and David Felder integrated the electronic and acoustic elements in their music.

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October 15, 2014
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The Arts Fuse
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Boston, MA
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The orchestral playing was commanding and, at times, exhilarating.

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Jonathan Blumhofer

Rose, BMOP present electronically enhanced music at Jordan

Some instruments, once you’ve glimpsed them, stay with you. I’ll never forget my brief encounter with the emormous, room-filling RCA Mark II synthesizer, the first of its kind, built in the 1950s and bursting with period charisma, thanks to its towering stacks of vacuum-tube components and endless rows of knobs and dials. Its aura was so redolent of the early-Cold War era, it seemed that if composers like Milton Babbitt and Vladimir Ussachevsky had not kept it so busy, then maybe, just maybe, we might have beaten the Soviets into space.

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October 14, 2014
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The Boston Globe
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Boston, MA
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The orchestra comes along for what is by turns a kinetic and lyrical ride, one that on Sunday also forced you to consider how conventional notions of virtuosity might be redefined for a work where so much happens off-stage and on screen.

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff
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Surrounded! De Ritis premiere reverberates at BMOP’s plugged-in opener

The best music deal in town this holiday weekend might have been “Surround Sound,” the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s concert Sunday afternoon at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

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October 13, 2014
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Boston Classical Review
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Boston, MA
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The composer’s use of the orchestra was resourceful and evocative throughout the work, and skillful execution by the players and conductor Rose made his musical imagery leap off the page.

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David Wright

BMOP Celebrates Fine Friends

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project celebrated Irving Fine’s centennial at Jordan Hall Friday with performances of three of his works alongside pieces by Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger—two of Fine’s mid-20th-century “Third Boston School” colleagues. The event was part concert, part a collegiate bash for Brandeis University, and part family reunion. Eric Chasalow, the current Irving G. Fine Professor of Music at Brandeis, made some remarks and read a letter from the university’s president, Frederick Lawrence.

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May 19, 2014
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Benjamin Pesetsky

BMOP salutes Irving Fine centenary

Irving Fine — born in East Boston a century ago this December, an anniversary celebrated by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and conductor Gil Rose on Friday — was at the center of the Boston School of mid-20th-century classical composition.

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May 19, 2014
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The Boston Globe
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Boston, MA
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Matthew Guerrieri

Irving Fine centennial marked in brilliant style by BMOP

In his short creative life Irving Fine secured a reputation for both populist and serious music. His chamber and choral works remain in the standard repertoire, but his little-played orchestral music is remarkable and memorable for its personal charm and lyricism even when the composer employed the most dissonant of material.

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May 17, 2014
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Boston Classical Review
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Boston, MA
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Aaron Keebaugh

BMOP's connections elucidated

Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s 15th annual “Boston ConNECtion” concert at Jordan Hall on March 28th was, as you can adduce by reading BMInt’s interview with composer Donald Crockett here, is a bit of a stretch programmatically, as only two of the four composers whose works were presented (the two youngest, as it happened) have or had anything like a significant association with New England Conservatory, and only one of them currently resides in the area.

Media Date 
March 30, 2014
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
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Boston, MA
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Basically, as one shamelessly comes to expect with a band as expert as this one, the performance was without blemish.

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Vance R. Koven

BMOP offers a riveting, rhapsodic Lei Liang premiere

During China’s Cultural Revolution, one of the world’s oldest civilizations tore itself apart. The estimated 70 million deaths that resulted have touched the lives of just about everyone in the country and many around the world.

One story from China’s remote Xiaoxiang region tells of a widow who avenges the death of her husband by tormenting his killer, a local communist official. Devoid of any legal means of seeking justice, she sat in the forest behind the official’s house every night for months and wailed like a ghost. Both went insane.

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March 29, 2014
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Boston Classical Review
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Boston, MA
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Rose, leading with deliberate and hammer-like gestures, pulled spectacular playing from the orchestra.

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Aaron Keebaugh

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