Voilà! Viola!

Friday, February 15, 2013 | 8:00pm
Program Notes hosted by The Score Board at 7:00pm
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Gordon Jacob Suite for Eight Violas (1975)
George Perle Serenade No. 1 for Viola and Chamber Orchestra (1962)
Chinary Ung Singing Inside Aura* (2013)
Susan Ung, viola
Donald Crockett Viola Concerto* (2012)
Chen Yi Xian Shi (1983)
Lizhou Liu, viola

* World Premiere

Gil Rose, conductor

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News and Press

[Concert Review] BMOP gives the viola its moment in the sun
And now, it might be asked, should we pity the viola? It is after all consigned to an unglamorous middle range, and is ever on the receiving end of all that merciless skewering (if you don’t know what I mean, type “viola jokes” into Google, or ask anyone who has played in an orchestra).
The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] Roseate Ensemble: Violas Consort with BMOP
In another masterstroke of imaginative programming for which it is renowned, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, under Music Director Gil Rose, offered a day-late billet-doux to the sultriest member of the string family at Jordan Hall on February 15th. “Voilà! Viola!” consisted of five works featuring the viola, four of them as soloist and one for an ensemble of eight. (one will have to come up with a clever collective noun for this).
The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review
[Concert Review] It’s “Voilà Viola!” night at Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Why did the contemporary-music orchestra give a concert of five works that all featured the viola? a. because they wanted to make a pun in French b. because it was St. Violantine’s Day c. because there’s some good stuff for viola out there d. the orchestra ordered up two brand-new viola pieces, never heard before
Boston Classical Review Full review
[Concert Review] Stylus reviews Voilà! Viola!
This Boston Modern Orchestra Project concert was another of Gil Rose’s theme-based concerts with a catchy name. The pieces were Suite for Eight Violas (1975) by Gordon Jacob, Serenade No. 1 for Viola and Orchestra (1962) by George Perle, Singing Inside Aura (2013) by Chinary Ung, Viola Concerto (2012) by Donald Crockett, and, finally, Xian Shi (1983) by Chen Yi. The selections were disparate in style and affect; a listener certainly comes away with an appreciation for the range of effects from this instrument within modern music.
Stylus Magazine Full review