New England's Prospect: Three World Premieres in Wildly Disparate Styles

It has become commonplace to bash the symphony orchestra. All together now: it’s impractical, old-fashioned, a relic, a museum, a bastion of canonic conservatism, a hangover from long-gone eras and aesthetics. We know the drill.

Media Date 
January 28, 2014
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NewMusicBox
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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--we want it bad.

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Matthew Guerrieri

BMOP's Three Boston-Based World Premieres

The January program in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s season almost always emphasizes Boston-based composers of the present day or recent past. On Friday night Gil Rose led the group in three world premieres by composers of whom two still live and work in the area, while the third studied and taught here before moving elsewhere. The three pieces were very different in character, all worth hearing, and all extremely well played.

Media Date 
January 21, 2014
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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all worth hearing, and all extremely well played.

Media Contact Name 
Steven Ledbetter

BMOP at its cutting-edge best

The “modern” in Boston Modern Orchestra Project varies in its meaning. Sometimes it refers broadly to music of the past several decades, such as its recent revivals of operas by Virgil Thomson and Michael Tippett. On Friday at Jordan Hall, though, its focus was on the other sense of the word: what’s happening right now. On the bill were three world premieres, all commissions from composers with local connections and associations with BMOP. This was, to my mind, the group at its vital, cutting-edge best.

Media Date 
January 20, 2014
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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the group at its vital, cutting-edge best.

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David Weininger

With two superb soloists, BMOP delivers a fizzing night of premieres

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project gave world premieres by three of its veteran composer colleagues Friday night at Jordan Hall.

The sonic worlds explored in the works by Elena Ruehr, David Rakowski, and Ken Ueno covered a wide range of what is meant by “new music” today. The first two recast familiar idioms in bracing new ways. The latter explored more ear-bending sonorities. For each, Gil Rose and the BMOP orchestra provided bold advocacy.

Media Date 
January 18, 2014
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Media Contact Name 
Aaron Keebaugh

Four saints, three acts, one crazy libretto

Like almost everyone else (I'd bet), I went to the recent Boston Modern Orchestra Project production of Four Saints in Three Acts out of pure curiosity. Could Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's freak success of the 30's really be the unique marriage of fetching music and confounding text that everyone claims it is?

Media Date 
November 24, 2013
Media Source 
The Hub Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Thomas Garvey

BMOP launches Thomson opera cycle with a bracing "Four Saints"

Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts plays upon theatrical conventions, beginning with its title. Four sixteenth-century saints—St. Ignatius, St. Chavez, St. Settlement, and St. Teresa (split into two roles)—stand out from a sea of about twenty others. The singers explicitly cue the scenes, sometimes out of order, in each directionless act. And by the way, there are actually four of them.

Media Date 
November 17, 2013
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Aaron Keebaugh

New England’s Prospect: Polytropos

Tell me, O Muse, of the generation of many devices, who wandered full many ways. I come to generalize about an entire cohort of composers, based solely—sample size be damned—on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s May 17 concert at Jordan Hall. A foolhardy and even dangerous venture, surely? Well, consider it, in part, payback for making me type “Gen OrcXstrated,” which is what BMOP named the program, a collision of letters that I am still not quite sure how to pronounce.

Media Date 
May 23, 2013
Media Source 
NewMusicBox
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Media Contact Name 
Matthew Guerrieri

The Boston Musical Intelligencer reviews Gen OrcXstrated

Generation X is a term used by demographers to describe the group of people born after the post-World War II baby boom. For much of the term’s history it has tended to be a little pejorative. There are many cultural events that have shaped their identity including the rise of internet culture as well as the emergence of many musical styles and sub genres including electronic and hip hop.

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May 18, 2013
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Nolan Eley

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