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.
This month we feature four composers whose voices have been shaped by Boston's vibrant music scene. Join us, along with members of the Claremont Trio and violinist Miranda Cuckson, in a celebration of our city's talent! (clockwise from upper left: David Sanford, Ronald Perera, John Harbison, and Eric Sawyer)
BMOP/sound proudly presents work of the late great Steven Stucky on our 50th release. From 1987's Concerto for Orchestra, less well-known than his Pulitzer Prize-winning Second Concerto for Orchestra, to the spare but eloquent song cycle American Muse, featuring baritone Sanford Sylvan, to the vibrant Rhapsodies, Stucky's musical voice is one to treasure.
Through the generosity of Philip Glass, BMOP is giving away two autographed box sets of Philip Glass: The Symphonies this Saturday, February 18. Buy tickets to enter! More information about the concert and this giveaway here.
Prepare for saints! One of the great partnerships of modernist art was formed when composer Virgil Thomson and writer Gertrude Stein decided to collaborate on an opera about art, sound, and sainthood. Now BMOP/sound brings that landmark opera to disc with our release of Four Saints in Three Acts! (photo: Thomson and original cast, 1934, by Vic Shifreen)
Next up, BMOP compromises its morals in a shadowy deal with the devil. It's Oscar Wilde's classic horror tale The Picture of Dorian Gray brought to operatic life by composer Lowell Liebermann. Don't miss this chance to indulge your dark side with a semi-staged production presented in collaboration with Odyssey Opera.