Stephen Hartke's The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon was named one of the New York Times 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017! Take a listen to the "breathless, fractured, skittish music" and see why the Times calls Hartke "one of the most distinctive and important living composers."
Join BMOP on February 9 to celebrate trailblazing composer Joan Tower's 80th birthday with a concert featuring some of her best orchestral works. With soloists Carol Wincenc (flute) and Adrian Morejon (bassoon), BMOP explores works that span three decades of Tower's orchestral writing.
David Del Tredici's landmark Neoromantic work, Child Alice receives its first commercial release on BMOP/sound. Soprano Courtenay Budd shines in this epic, evening-length piece inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Odyssey Opera reunites with BMOP to bring Norman Dello Joio's made-for-TV opera to the stage for the first time. The Trial at Rouen features soprano Heather Buck as Joan of Arc during her time of imprisonment. Dello Joio's The Triumph of Saint Joan Symphony, drawn from his first Joan of Arc-inspired opera, opens the program.
Celebrated for his masterful use of orchestral color and probing integration of influences classical and modern, composer Jeremy Gill shines with three unique concertos on BMOP/sound's latest release, Before the Wresting Tides.
Local icons, homegrown talent, and champion soloists help kick off our 22nd season. Generations celebrates where American music has come from and where it is headed, with works by William Schuman, Matthew Aucoin, David Sanford, and John Harbison. Featuring soloists Conor Hanick (piano) and Matt Haimovitz (cello).
BMOP/sound presents Paul Moravec’s contemporary update to the vaunted tradition of the oratorio. The Blizzard Voices chronicles a dramatic episode in American history: the fearsome “Schoolhouse Blizzard” that hit the Great Plains in 1888. Setting poetry by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Moravec crafts a work of devastating power.
BMOP presents Wayne Peterson's Pulitzer Prize-winning orchestral work The Face of the Night, the Heart of the Dark in its first commercial recording. And the Winds Shall Blow features the inimitable saxophonists of the PRISM Quartet, and Transformations is a classic glimpse into a rigorously inventive compositional mind.
Can't decide if you want to bathe in orchestral sonorities, marvel at the abilities of a virtuoso, or jam to some Michael Jackson? You can have it all, with Anthony Paul De Ritis's brilliantly conceived and performed Pop Concerto, starring guitarist Eliot Fisk! This disc also features the stylings of Patrick de Ritis's electrified bassoon in Riflessioni, the peerless fearless piano duo X88 in Ballet, and the orchestral tapestry Amsterdam. Party time!
Quirky woodcuts, medieval poetry, and Kansas City fountains: The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon is a three-decade look into the creative mind of composer Stephen Hartke.