Strange Bedfellows: Unexpected Concertos

Friday, January 27, 2012 | 8:00pm
Program Notes hosted by The Score Board at 7:00pm
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Andrew Norman Air: Concerto for Theremin (2011)
Dalit Warshaw, theremin
Keeril Makan Dream Lightly: Electric Guitar Concerto (2008)
Seth Josel, electric guitar
Eric Chasalow Horn Concerto (2008)
Bruno Schneider, french horn
Avner Dorman Mandolin Concerto (2006)
Avi Avital, mandolin
Luciano Berio Chemins II su Sequenza VI (1967)
John Stulz, viola

Gil Rose, conductor

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News and Press

[Concert Review] Mandolin Power! And other Unexpected Delights
On Friday, January 27, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (a.k.a. BMOP) presented Strange Bedfellows: Unexpected Concertos, showcasing instruments don't get to be concerto soloists as often as their ubiquitous cousins, like violin or piano. Here, the spotlight was on viola, electric guitar, mandolin, theremin and French horn. All but one of the pieces were written in the last six years, and together they showed that contemporary classical music is thriving — don't let anyone tell you different!
Miss Music Nerd Full review
[Concert Review] BMOP five concertos cover some brave, new frontiers
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project called its program of five "unexpected concertos" at Jordan Hall Friday "Strange Bedfellows." None (well, almost none) of the music induced slumber, however. Created for an odd array of solo instruments (viola, electric guitar, theremin, mandolin, French horn) accompanied by instrumental ensembles of various size and composition, the works prodded at the frontiers of traditional concerto form. Electronic and acoustic sounds engaged in conversation - sometimes in rancorous argument - across the centuries, forcing us to rethink this venerable genre.
The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] BMOP Revitalizes the Concept of a Concerto Concert
Leave it to the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) to completely revitalize the concept of a concerto concert. This past Friday night at Jordan Hall, the orchestra, conducted by music director Gil Rose, presented a thoroughly energizing and invigorating concert of five concerti written by composers born between 1923 and 1979. Billed as Strange Bedfellows: Unexpected Concertos, the program featured concertos for, respectively, viola, electric guitar, mandolin, theremin, and horn.
The Arts Fuse Full review
[Concert Review] Oooh-weee-oooh: BMOP unveils a concerto for theremin, among works for other offbeat instruments
If you're one of those concertgoers who look forward most to the concerto, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by its artistic director Gil Rose, had a concert for you Friday night at Jordan Hall.
Boston Classical Review Full review
[Press Release] BMOP Unites Five Varying Composers and Concertos for One Night
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation's premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, presents "Strange Bedfellows: Unexpected Concertos" – a program of five incongruous concertos by five different composers featuring five of today's most revered solo artists. Spearheading the evening is the world premiere of Eric Chasalow's Horn Concerto with horn soloist Bruno Schneider.
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[Press Release] BMOP Announces its 2011-12 Season
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, today announced the programming for its 2011-12 season. By harnessing internationally-acclaimed composers and regional talent, BMOP presents a nine concerts ranging from intimate, chamber-centric shows to full orchestral premieres at Jordan Hall.
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