Classical Music Review: BMOP's Band in Boston

Time was when Boston had a City Censor, and books and plays drummed up trade by having them “Banned in Boston.” The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, headed by conductor Gil Rose, came up with the deliciously punning title “Band in Boston” for its Jordan Hall concert on January 22. Indeed there was not a bowed string instrument to be seen on stage all evening – nothing but 36 wind players, plus five percussionists, a harpist, and three pianists.

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January 26, 2010
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The Arts Fuse
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This is a dazzling piece, smashingly executed.

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Caldwell Titcomb

BMOP: Band in Boston

The BMOP continued its season last Friday with their Band in Boston concert, celebrating 20th and 21st century music for wind ensemble with two repertoire mainstays by Stravinsky and Percy Grainger, as well as some newer compositions by Harold Meltzer, Wayne Peterson, and Joseph Schwantner. Robert Kirzinger’s excellent program notes make the case that band music has lost some of its historical prestige because the bands (military, university, etc.) have themselves lost their prestige, despite their ability, popularity, and cultural and social significance.

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January 25, 2010
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Boston lowbrow
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PRISM played with convincing chemistry and the trumpet section of the orchestra belted it out with impressive swiftness in the piece's big band finish.

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Bryce Lambert

BMOP does band

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is known for exploring a wide variety of 20th- and 21st-century instrumental music. On January 22nd at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, under the baton of music director Gil Rose, the group forayed into wind ensemble territory with a program of varying styles and with mixed effectiveness.

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January 24, 2010
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The Boston Musical Intelligencer
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The ending was sensational.

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Tom Schnauber

Mighty winds and brass!

If you saw sparks flying over Boston’s Back Bay last night, it might have been the result of the energy and excitement generated by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project during their performance in Jordan Hall. BMOP’s primary mission is to commission, perform and record new orchestral work. They also perform 20th-century “classics” with great gusto.

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January 23, 2010
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Miss Music Nerd
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I think the kind of energy and commitment BMOP evinces make it a full meal — dessert, coffee and all!

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Linda Kernohan

A musical celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and director Gil Rose have cultivated a fascinating niche: aural snapshots of particular countries or national traditions. The past couple of seasons witnessed programs spotlighting France and Armenia; on Sunday, a concert sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Judaica Division of the Harvard College Library celebrated Israel’s 60th anniversary.

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November 4, 2008
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The Boston Globe
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A charming curtain-raiser, deploying instrumental choirs with polish.

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Matthew Guerrieri

BMOP celebrates Israel at 60

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project performed alongside guest artist Kenneth Radnofsky to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Israel’s independence at Sanders Theatre on Sunday evening.

The concert, “Israel at 60: Six Decades of Innovative Music,” marked the world premiere of Israeli composer Betty Olivero’s composition Kri’ot, the first piece of Israeli classical music to join a solo saxophone—played by Radnofsky—and a string quartet. Oliveros’s premiere received a five-minute standing ovation from the audience.

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November 2, 2008
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The Harvard Crimson
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Listening to Olivero's music is like swimming in an ocean and when you pick up your head you can see the traditions she is weaving into her music.

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Brian Mejia

Celebrating the music of Israel

Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. It is a date of obvious and deep importance, especially in the realms of politics and religion.

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October 31, 2008
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The Boston Globe
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It's kind of a discovery for me.

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David Weininger

Concert Review: Matt Haimovitz and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at the ICA

On Sunday, the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music’s last pair of concerts at the ICA began with two people and finished with over sixty, in a glass box on the harbor. The former were Matt Haimovitz, on cello, and Geoff Burleson, on (and in) piano. Children standing on the postmodern boardwalk outside pressed their faces against the window as Burleson hit keys with one hand and reached in with the other to pluck at the piano’s viscera, as Augusta Read Thomas’s Cantos for Slava (2008) required.

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September 22, 2008
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Bostonist
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A whole minute seemed to pass before the last notes faded and everyone remembered to breathe again.

Premieres and a farewell for BMOP

It seems odd to call a program with five brand new orchestral pieces commonplace. But somehow it seems apt when talking about the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a group for whom the unexpected has become almost predictable. The five premieres on Friday’s concert spoke in vastly disparate languages, each of which BMOP’s fine orchestra and music director Gil Rose brought off as though it was a well-honed specialty.

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May 25, 2009
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The Boston Globe
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It seems odd to call a program with five brand new orchestral pieces commonplace. But somehow it seems apt when talking about the BMOP, a group for whom the unexpected has become almost predictable.

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David Weininger

Mad love

The destructive power of jealousy makes a good subject for opera. One of Shakespeare’s plays about this most irrational emotion, the tragedy Othello, has been turned into a very good opera by Rossini and a great one by Verdi and his best librettist, Arrigo Boito.

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March 24, 2009
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The Boston Phoenix
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I can’t wait to hear it again.

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Lloyd Schwartz

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