BMOP celebrates youngish composers in season closer

Ah, classical music—where else in our culture can you be in your mid-30s and be celebrated as part of a youth movement?

A small but enthusiastic audience consisting mostly of Baby Boomers and Greatest Generationers cheered on their juniors in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall Friday as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project led by Gil Rose presented “Gen OrcXstrated,” a program of three works for large orchestra by composers born in the late 1970s.

Media Date 
May 18, 2013
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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David Wright

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.

Media Date 
February 15, 2013
Media Source 
Stylus Magazine
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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If you want your concert to be an experience, here’s where the night’s concert begins.

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

Media Date 
February 16, 2013
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Media Contact Name 
David Wright

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).

Media Date 
February 17, 2013
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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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.

Media Contact Name 
Vance R. Koven

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).

Media Date 
February 18, 2013
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Media Contact Name 
Jeremy Eichler
Media Contact Title 
Globe Staff

Michael Tippett's Midsummer madness

The first American production of any of Michael Tippett's five operas was Sarah Caldwell's The Ice Break for the Opera Company of Boston in 1979. In 1991, BU students did The Knot Garden. This year, Opera Boston scheduled the first Boston production of The Midsummer Marriage, Tippett's first opera (completed in 1952, after six years of work). But Opera Boston folded.

Media Date 
November 15, 2012
Media Source 
The Boston Phoenix
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Under Rose, the unflagging orchestra poured out voluminous and crystalline sound

Media Contact Name 
Lloyd Schwartz

Midsummer Marriage: Strange & Wonderful

Saturday night Jordan Hall was, perhaps, half full for three hours of memorable music as Gil Rose conducted Boston Modern Orchestra Project in a concert performance of Michael Tippett’s 1955 opera, The Midsummer Marriage.

Media Date 
November 14, 2012
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The orchestra and chorus gave a fine reading of the music; the second act instrumental interludes were especially memorable.

Media Contact Name 
Cashman Kerr Prince

BMOP gives worthy advocacy to Tippett's unwieldy "Midsummer Marriage'

One door closes, another opens. With the demise of the ambitious company Opera Boston last year, director Gil Rose lost a chance to explore some of the gems in the outermost reaches of the stage repertory.

Fear not. Rose simply brought one such rarity, Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage—slated last season for Opera Boston but left unperformed—to his other adventurous ensemble, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. BMOP performed a semi-staged version of the mid-20th century opera Saturday evening at Jordan Hall.

Media Date 
November 11, 2012
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Midsummer Marriage… a perfect vehicle for the no-challenge-too-great BMOP and its inimitable leader.

Media Contact Name 
Keith Powers

BMOP proceeds with Tippett's 'Midsummer Marriage'

Before a note was played, Saturday night’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project performance of Michael Tippett’s first mature opera, “The Midsummer Marriage,” generated more good will and broader public curiosity than the average season-opener. That’s because the now-defunct Opera Boston had this rarely spotted Tippett opera on its agenda long before the company abruptly folded last December.

Media Date 
November 12, 2012
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Rose led the large orchestra in a reading of the score that honored the sparkling, richly melodic vein in Tippett's writing, the impressionistic melding of ancient and modern sound worlds, and the admirable fluidity of his craft.

Media Contact Name 
Jeremy Eichler
Media Contact Title 
Globe Staff

A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of Opera Boston

Boston opera buffs were dealt a hard blow last December when Opera Boston, a company known for innovative productions of less familiar repertory, announced it was shutting down amid a financial and managerial crisis. But the company’s ambitious plans were not entirely sent to the scrap heap of operatic history: Sir Michael Tippett’s opera, The Midsummer Marriage – planned as the centerpiece of the company’s 2012 season – was reconceived as a concert production Saturday at Jordan Hall by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).

Media Date 
November 12, 2012
Media Source 
WQXR
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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At a time when many opera companies are sticking with the safe and predictable, BMOP's approach could offer a model for other new-music ensembles looking to branch out.

Media Contact Name 
Brian Wise

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