Bielawa, BMOP: performance provocateurs

On Saturday night the New England Conservatory’s teal and gilt Jordan Hall enjoyed the premiere of no fewer than four new works by living, breathing composers and performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which parties where symphony orchestras fear to tread. Bucking both contemporary and traditional expectations, provoking appreciation and conversation, this was a night of risks that paid off handsomely.

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March 31, 2008
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The Boston Herald
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Bucking both contemporary and traditional expectations, provoking appreciation and conversation, this was a night of risks that paid off handsomely.

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Christine Fernsebner

For modern orchestra, a night of premieres

Four world premieres in one night is ambitious even by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s standards, but Saturday’s novelty at Jordan Hall was also an old-fashioned Boston tryout for a New York opening: This week, conductor Gil Rose and the group bring the program to Brooklyn’s MATA Festival, an annual new-music showcase previously run by BMOP’s current composer-in-residence, Lisa Bielawa.

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March 31, 2008
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The Boston Globe
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Four world premieres in one night is ambitious even by BMOP's standards, but Saturday's novelty at Jordan Hall was also an old-fashioned Boston tryout for a New York opening.

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Matthew Guerrieri
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Globe Correspondent

Five things about BMOP @ MATA

I caught the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) at the MATA Festival Tuesday night in Brooklyn.

1. Gil Rose and BMOP played a varied concert with conviction and panache Tuesday night. While there were wonderful soloists on the program, the ensemble really held the spotlight the entire night in the best possible sense - always blending well and making the most of lines, accompaniment and ensemble.

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April 2, 2008
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Sequenza21
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The ensemble really held the spotlight the entire night in the best possible sense—always blending well and making the most of lines, accompaniment and ensemble.

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John Clare

Star quality

In the Times, Allan Kozinn provided a typically sagacious and deftly written account of the first major concert of the MATA—Young Composers Now! series at the Brooklyn Lyceum (on April 1). The concert closed with the New York premiere of Lisa Bielawa’s Double Violin Concerto, which was played with saintly elegance by Carla Kihlstedt and Colin Jacobsen, backed by Gil Rose and the excellent Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Media Date 
April 3, 2008
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The New Yorker, Goings On Blog
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Bielawa walked into the hall as a professional, but she may well have walked out a star: the piece caused that kind of excitement.

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Russell Platt

With orchestral offerings, festival passes a milestone

The MATA Festival is celebrating its 10th season, partly by showing off how far it has come since its early days as Music at the Anthology, a new-music series resident at the Anthology Film Archives. Since the Anthology days the festival has traveled a circuit of churches and small halls, but for the last couple of years it has been ensconced at the Brooklyn Lyceum, an old public bath converted into a concert hall.

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April 3, 2008
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The New York Times
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Having presented chamber groups and soloists in its first decade, the five-day festival passed a milestone on Tuesday night, when it imported the energetic BMOP and its conductor, Gil Rose, for its first orchestral offering.

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Allan Kozinn

In season finale, BMOP charts the Armenian experience

Centuries of upheaval have made the Armenian diaspora one of the world’s largest; by some estimates, almost three times as many Armenians live outside the country as in it. Charting Armenian music and inspiration, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s season finale, “Armenia Resounding,” balanced perspectives from within and without.

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May 27, 2008
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
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Rose and company plan more Hovhaness in advance of the composer's 2011 centenary; Friday's performance proved them ideal guides for that magical mystery tour.

Media Contact Name 
Matthew Guerrieri
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Globe Correspondent

Recalling that fateful night at Ford's Theatre

It sounds like the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question, history category: What was playing at Ford’s Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated? The answer, for those not up on their Civil War-era minutiae, is Our American Cousin, a rather slight comedy of manners by British writer Tom Taylor.

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June 20, 2008
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The Boston Globe
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From this seemingly innocuous historical detail came the inspiration for an opera by composer Eric Sawyer and librettist John Shoptaw.

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David Weininger
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Globe Correspondent

"Cousin" opera recounts Lincoln assassination

NORTHAMPTON - In opera, anything can happen as long as you sing about it.

In Eric Sawyer and John Shoptaw’s new opera Our American Cousin, the events immediately surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination were examined operatically through the eyes of the actors in the play the president came to Ford’s Theater to attend that fateful evening.

The opera premiered Friday evening at the Academy of Music Theater.

Media Date 
June 23, 2008
Media Source 
The Republican
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The Rock of Gibraltar underpinning the entire event was BMOP and its conductor Gil Rose. New music is their business and they presented Sawyer's score in its best light, with comprehension and passion.

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Clifton J. Noble, Jr.

Big themes, big performances boost "Our American Cousin"

NORTHAMPTON - It is rare to encounter an opera premiere outside the big cities or big festivals but Amherst composer Eric Sawyer and Berkeley poet John Shoptaw have done the almost-impossible. They raised $100,000 (from foundations and generous individuals), enlisted the talent (some of it from Opera Boston), and produced their new opera, Our American Cousin, on Friday at the Academy of Music in this town. This was its first fully staged performance. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project was in the pit, led by Gil Rose.

Media Date 
June 23, 2008
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
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Our American Cousin has no such complex central personality. This is something different: an opera of ideas.

Media Contact Name 
David Perkins
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Globe Correspondent

BMOP's feast of new music

After giving each orchestra section a spotlight concert this season, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and artistic director Gil Rose brought a full symphonic complement to Jordan Hall on Friday, with a program to match: five canvases of splashy instrumentation. The complement was in fine form indeed, zealous and bold. New-music advocacy doesn’t get more luxurious.

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May 31, 2010
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The Boston Globe
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Five canvases of splashy instrumentation. The complement was in fine form indeed, zealous and bold. New-music advocacy doesn’t get more luxurious.

Media Contact Name 
Matthew Guerrieri
Media Contact Title 
Globe Staff

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