A classic start for composer with BMOP

Founded a decade ago, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project has risen to the front ranks of American contemporary-music ensembles through its fire, precision, and commitment to new work. BMOP’s 10th season opened Friday at Jordan Hall with a concert including two pieces by emerging singer and composer Lisa Bielawa, 38, inaugurating her three-year residency with the orchestra. BMOP’s typically canny programming surrounded Bielawa’s works with beautifully complementary compositions - two, like hers, inspired by literary sources.

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November 7, 2006
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The Boston Globe
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BMOP's typically canny programming surrounded Bielawa's works with beautifully complementary compositions - two, like hers, inspired by literary sources.

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Kevin Lowenthal

Change of venue is music to their ears

On Tuesday night, I attended two richly satisfying concerts without stepping foot in a concert hall. The first was a new music program presented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at the Moonshine Room of the popular Club Cafe in the South End; the second was a performance by the up-and-coming Parker String Quartet in the Lizard Lounge, a low-slung basement club space in Cambridge. Next month, the Firebird Ensemble will perform in a local barbecue joint.

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December 7, 2006
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The Boston Globe
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Bielawa not only has an inviting stage presence as emcee but also a rich network of composer connections.

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff

A Boston connection with style

Now in its 10th season, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project is a vibrant presence on the city’s new music scene, a group with omnivorous musical appetites and impressive collective chops. Its calendar this season is crowded with contemporary music, from the avant-garde of France to the avant-garde of New Jersey. But once a year, BMOP tunes its questing ears to the music produced specifically by local composers, or at least those with local ties. The group’s annual “Boston Connection” program took place Saturday night in Jordan Hall.

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January 31, 2007
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The Boston Globe
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Throughout the night, conductor Gil Rose and his protean ensemble gave exciting and exacting performances of these challenging scores. Local composers are lucky to have BMOP around.

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff

Surveying the musical landscape of France

A few minutes into the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s performance of Pascal Dusapin’s chamber-ensemble piece Coda, Gil Rose brought the music to a sudden halt. He calmly explained to the audience that he’d just encountered “every conductor’s nightmare”: He’d turned three pages in his score at once. And when that happens, he said with a small smile, there’s nothing to do but start over.

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March 13, 2007
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The Boston Globe
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Rose conducted strikingly assured performances, and the playing was up to BMOP's usual high standards.

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David Weininger
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Globe Correspondent

Dulcimer, dances mark Fromm event

CAMBRIDGE -- Pull enough threads in American contemporary music of the last 50 years and you’ll arrive at the Fromm Foundation, which has funded commissions from many of the 20th century’s most distinguished composers. Paul Fromm (1906-1987) was an emigre who fled Nazi Germany and settled in this country, establishing a successful wine importing business in Chicago and, later, a foundation pledged “to restore to the composer his rightful position at the center of musical life.”

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March 24, 2007
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The Boston Globe
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Especially notable was the focus maintained throughout Sixteen Dances, such that one could still detect, from deep within the Cagean vortex, surprising flashes of beauty.

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff

Maestro, is that a DJ with your orchestra?

Anyone who caught the Ben Folds performance with the Boston Pops last week and was struck by the thinness of the meeting of musical worlds should have been there on Saturday night at Sanders Theatre to hear the Boston Modern Orchestra Project tee off on three bracingly imaginative works infused with rock ‘n’ roll and other popular styles.

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May 21, 2007
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The Boston Globe
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The revolution in the idea of what an orchestra can be -- from a collective instrument designed for the traditional symphonic repertoire, into an omnivorous agent of the new.

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff

A primer on reinventing the concerto

“Re-Inventions,” the opening concert of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s 11th season, promised “glorious and subversive music for keyboards.” While none of the four pieces heard Friday night fully lived up to either adjective, they did present individual and strikingly resourceful ideas on how the concerto, a timeworn musical form, could be reimagined for the present.

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November 6, 2007
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The Boston Globe
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BMOP gave the kind of vital, secure performances we have come almost to take for granted. May they remain glorious and subversive for years to come.

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David Weininger
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Globe Correspondent

Thoroughly modern opening for new Bowdoin recital hall

I wish that all the people who claim to hate “modern” music had been able to attend Saturday’s concert of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Bowdoin College’s new Studzinsky Recital Hall.

Works composed in the 21st century range from Renaissance harmonies through Romantic lyricism to the craggiest of dissonance. The writing varied in quality, but the program transfixed the large audience and held its interest throughout, appealing to the intellect and the emotions.

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November 14, 2007
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Portland Press Herald
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Most of Saturday's program was written by recent Bowdoin alumni, but any composer, young or old, would give his eye teeth to have his work performed that enthusiastically and well.

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Christopher Hyde

Country for old men

BMOP has become so popular, you have to look hard in the program to find its full name: Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Founder Gil Rose and his outstanding ensemble celebrated their 10th season at the New England Conservatory on Friday with their annual concert devoted to Boston composers. An enthusiastic and diverse audience (diverse especially in age) cheered, whistled, and hooted its approval for pieces, including two world premieres, by five composers also diverse in age. All the pieces were lively and (unlike Gerontius) fun.

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January 29, 2008
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An enthusiastic and diverse audience cheered, whistled, and hooted its approval for pieces, including two world premieres, by five composers also diverse in age.

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Lloyd Schwartz

BMOP explores many faces of modern music

Friday’s wide-ranging Boston Modern Orchestra Project concert demonstrated how unhelpfully vague the umbrella term “modern music” can be. Some New England Conservatory link was the only correspondence among the disparate works, gathered under the title “Boston ConNECtion” (and performed under Jordan Hall’s architecturally ill-mannered “New England Conservatory” signboard, which continues to intrude on the season’s concert experience like a dinner-time telemarketer).

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January 29, 2008
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The Boston Globe
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Michael Gandolfi's Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra also carries neoclassic overtones, but the fascination was in how the simplest ideas a descending third, a dotted rhythm beget abundant rhetorical variety.

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Matthew Guerrieri

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