BMOP presents an array of plugged-in works at Paine Hall

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard presented the first of two explorations of some of electronic music's seminal large-scale works Friday evening at Paine Hall, engaging Boston’s preeminent new music ensemble, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, to tackle challenging works by Charles Wuorinen, Gérard Grisey and Jonathan Harvey.

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April 1, 2012
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Boston Classical Review
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Boston, MA
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Employing not only taped electronic sounds—often resembling the Doppler effect of airplanes landing or taking off—but also recorded instruments, Harvey's twelve-movement work seemed to explore every corner of the sonic universe.

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Keith Powers

BMOP Revitalizes the Concept of a Concerto Concert

Leave it to the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) to completely revitalize the concept of a concerto concert. This past Friday night at Jordan Hall, the orchestra, conducted by music director Gil Rose, presented a thoroughly energizing and invigorating concert of five concerti written by composers born between 1923 and 1979.

Billed as Strange Bedfellows: Unexpected Concertos, the program featured concertos for, respectively, viola, electric guitar, mandolin, theremin, and horn.

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January 29, 2012
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The Arts Fuse
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Boston, MA
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Mr. Stulz's performance of the daunting solo part was beyond reproach. He navigated the rapid passagework that makes up much of the score without seeming to break a sweat, and he brought some nice melancholic sentiment to its subdued, closing pages.

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Jonathan Blumhofer

Heloise and Abelard at Harvard

Tales of thwarted love frequently do well on stage, and the story of Heloise and Abelard is no exception. This dramatic tale, discovered by scholars through recovered love letters, is all the richer for being true: passionate love between a tutor-philosopher, Abelard, and his brilliant student, Heloise; an unexpected pregnancy; a violent castration. It is cinematic or—as composer John Austin ’56, LL.B. ’60, thought—operatic.

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February 2, 2012
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Harvard Magazine
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Boston, MA
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Due to "a stroke of scheduling luck," the Boston Modern Orchestra Project signed on; Jones recruited the University Choir and Boston-area soloists to the project.

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Elizabeth C Bloom

Mandolin Power! And other Unexpected Delights

On Friday, January 27, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (a.k.a. BMOP) presented Strange Bedfellows: Unexpected Concertos, showcasing instruments don't get to be concerto soloists as often as their ubiquitous cousins, like violin or piano. Here, the spotlight was on viola, electric guitar, mandolin, theremin and French horn. All but one of the pieces were written in the last six years, and together they showed that contemporary classical music is thriving — don't let anyone tell you different!

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February 9, 2012
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Miss Music Nerd
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Boston, MA
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I believe that in some more uptight quarters of music nerddom, a piece like this might be labeled a "pastiche," but to me it was a great ride. The rest of the audience seemed to agree, judging by their enthusiastic ovation.

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Linda K

BMOP five concertos cover some brave, new frontiers

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project called its program of five "unexpected concertos" at Jordan Hall Friday "Strange Bedfellows." None (well, almost none) of the music induced slumber, however. Created for an odd array of solo instruments (viola, electric guitar, theremin, mandolin, French horn) accompanied by instrumental ensembles of various size and composition, the works prodded at the frontiers of traditional concerto form. Electronic and acoustic sounds engaged in conversation - sometimes in rancorous argument - across the centuries, forcing us to rethink this venerable genre.

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January 30, 2012
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The Boston Globe
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Boston, MA
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Electronic and acoustic sounds engaged in conversation - sometimes in rancorous argument - across the centuries, forcing us to rethink this venerable genre.

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Harlow Robinson

Oooh-weee-oooh: BMOP unveils a concerto for theremin, among works for other offbeat instruments

If you're one of those concertgoers who look forward most to the concerto, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by its artistic director Gil Rose, had a concert for you Friday night at Jordan Hall.

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January 28, 2012
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Boston Classical Review
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Boston, MA
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At the aria's expressive climax, the orchestra surges and the theremin finally cuts loose with some real sci-fi wows and squeals, to appreciative titters from the audience Friday night.

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David Wright

BMOP opens season with a fancinating array of Canadian music

Geographically, Canada is not that far away from Boston. Some of the Canadian music heard Sunday afternoon at Jordan Hall, however, sounded like it was coming from a much greater distance.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project began its subscription season Sunday with "True North," featuring four composers with ties to our neighbor country. Conductor Gil Rose led his solid ensemble in works by Kati Agócs, Colin McPhee, Michael Colgrass and Claude Vivier, which may not have uncovered any cohesive national identity, but certainly offered much artistic creativity and informed musicianship.

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November 21, 2011
Media Source 
Boston Classical Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Keith Powers

BMOP on Indian Inspired Music

Indian music in the classical world seems somehow out of place. With some exceptions, notably Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha or John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs, and after Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, the advent of Bollywood and — most recently — the huge success of Slumdog Millionaire (Jai Ho seems to be on infinite repeat at almost every wedding I’ve been to, Indian and non-), India seems to have pervaded pop culture more than anything else. So the Boston Modern Orchestra Project concert at NEC’s Jordan Hall on the evening of May 27 raised intrigue.

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May 30, 2011
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Boston Musical Intelligencer
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Boston, MA
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BMOP presented these four difficult works with unwavering technique and attention to detail that placed the vision of these composers in a comprehensible context. It is hard not to be appreciative of this obvious talent by both conductor and orchestra; we are lucky to have such an ensemble educating us with new music in Boston.

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Sudeep Agarwala

Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Ziporyn, Foulds, Child, Shende

I had been looking forward to this concert ever since I saw an earlier misprint last September claiming Sangita would be performed in November. The BMOP site finally posted the right date. Ever since I heard the Modern Jazz Quartet's “Music From the Third Stream” album, I've always held my breath, anticipating the performance of the next composition embracing cultural or aesthetic fusion. Would I be treated to a work of great beauty, depth and complexity, or assaulted by a failed attempt that crashed on the shoals, maybe near something deep, but drowning nonetheless?

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May 27, 2011
Media Source 
Fine Arts
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Boston, MA
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Gil Rose and BMOP delivered an interesting and unusual set of pieces, not easily categorized into "European Modernism" or "post-minimalism," or "third stream."

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Matt Temple

BMOP channels India in season-ending show

"Sangita: The Spirit of India’’ was the title of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s season-ending concert Friday night at Jordan Hall. And the program was as dense as the hot, humid, subcontinent-like weather outside, with world premieres by three New England-based composers and a North American premiere by early-20th-century English composer John Foulds.

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May 30, 2011
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The Boston Globe
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Boston, MA
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"Ziporyn wrote his concerto for tabla master Sandeep Das, who played his instrument - two hand drums of contrasting size and timbre - with the prestidigitation of a virtuoso pianist, conjuring colors, seasons, and emotions in his pattering, pounding, and rhythmic pyrotechnics."

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Jeffrey Gantz

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