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
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WQXR
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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.

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Brian Wise

Hanging "Fire" with Gil Rose and BMOP

It has been a big year for Gil Rose, founder and conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which two weekends ago (!) mounted a pleasing evening of classically-themed pieces collectively dubbed "Apollo's Fire."

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May 31, 2012
Media Source 
The Hub Review
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Boston, MA
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I don't know Skalkottas, but his Greek dances proved intriguing - pulsing and muscular, and played with dark energy by BMOP's secret weapon, their accomplished string section.

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Thomas Garvey

Stylus reviews Apollo's Fire

On Friday, May 18, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project gave its Jordan Hall audience a theme-based concert, four 20th-century works works, tied by our understanding of Apollo as "Apollon Musagè," from his role as leader of the muses. One of the muses is, of course, Terpsichore, and this is the muse underpinning the first set of pieces, 5 Greek Dances by the Greek composer, Nikos Skalkottas.

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May 31, 2012
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Stylus
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Boston, MA
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This is an emotionally complex, interesting piece, restless, but structured, and Gil Rose and the orchestra delivered it authoritatively.

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Matt Temple

BMOP and Mark Morris

As the Globe's Jeremy Eichler pointed out in his review of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's season-ending concert — called "Apollo's Fire" — referring to the program note by the BSO's Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, the term "classical music" has become so all-inclusive that it doesn't have much at all to do with ancient "classical" art. But two recent live performances, by BMOP and the Mark Morris Dance Group, have focused on music that refers to ancient classical themes.

Media Date 
May 31, 2012
Media Source 
Boston Phoenix
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Rose led a gripping, superbly played performance.

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Lloyd Schwartz

Fuse Concert Review: Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose at Jordan Hall

Let summer officially begin! Boston's last major "regular season" orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), closed the books on its 2011-12 season on Friday night with a program of music inspired by Greece and Greek mythology. Dubbed "Apollo's Fire," BMOP presented a mix of older contemporary fare (read, all-20th century) featuring pieces by Nikos Skalkottas, Elliott Carter, Igor Stravinsky, and Lewis Spratlan, all conducted by music director Gil Rose.

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May 21, 2012
Media Source 
Arts Fuse
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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We can count our lucky stars that we've got BMOP to share this music (and so much more) with us

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Jonathan Blumhofer

BMOP: Apollo's Fire, Minus Dance

Rounding out its concert season, Boston Modern Orchestra Project under the direction of Gil Rose presented a concert entitled "Apollo's Fire" in Jordan Hall on Friday night. The four works on the concert took their inspiration from Apollo and the Muses, either explicitly or implicitly; the other link in this program – one not expressed in the program notes but one I found to be omnipresent – was the idea of dance. The evening began with a pre-concert talk presented by The Score Board, largely in conversation with Lewis Spratlan.

Media Date 
May 20, 2012
Media Source 
Boston Musical Intelligencer
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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BMOP gave a fine reading of these dances, and I enjoyed hearing them.

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Cashman Kerr Prince

BMOP ends season with mythological leap

We don't tend to think much about the "classical" in classical music, the art form's links to ancient Greek culture. But as Robert Kirzinger reminded listeners in a program essay for Friday's Boston Modern Orchestra Project concert in Jordan Hall, the phrase classical music itself — while today almost meaningless in its catch-all nature — still acknowledges its implicit debt to more ancient pasts.

Media Date 
May 21, 2012
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Friday's performance brought across much of this music's pointed elegance and poise, its pellucid grace and modern sheen.

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Jeremy Eichler

Hot and cool Greek myths close BMOP season

Friday night's concert of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project was all about the Greek debt.

Ours to them, that is. The program at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, titled "Apollo's Fire," celebrated the continuing power of ancient mythology in Western thinking and art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Media Date 
May 19, 2012
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The ten variations were a feast of orchestral colors, expertly served by Rose and the players, from massed brass tone clusters to delicate, pointillistic writing for strings, from orchestral sections in conflict to individual solos.

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David Wright

BMOP marks Good Friday with contrasted "Passions"

People who like the sound of straight-toned voices singing intricate counterpoint at close intervals had a feast at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on the evening of Good Friday, as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project presented works with "Passion" in the title by David Lang and Arvo Pärt.

Media Date 
April 9, 2012
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The music-making was superb throughout the evening.

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David Wright

At BMOP, new works for a somber event

To mark Good Friday, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project brought together two contemporary Passion settings: David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion" and Arvo Pärt's "Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem."

It did not look much like a BMOP concert – only a few instrumentalists were present. But it was an appropriately grave lineup for the darkest day of the Christian calendar.

Media Date 
April 9, 2012
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The power of the piece derives from the way it telescopes the journey from despair to transfiguration into music of hypnotic purity and beauty.

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David Weininger

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