The Midsummer What?

November 18, 2012

Highest props to the formidable Gil Rose to picking up a production of Tippet’s Midsummer Marriage left in the dust by Opera Boston’s demise and putting it on in a not unambitious semi-staging at Jordan Hall. I’ve long maintained that Gil Rose and his band, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, is the one classical (perhaps […]


Strung Out: BMOP’s “Strings Attached”

March 9, 2010

Boston lowbrow attends another great concert of one of Boston’s best musical assets.


BMOP: Band in Boston

January 25, 2010

The BMOP continued its season last Friday with their Band in Boston concert, celebrating 20th and 21st century music for wind ensemble with two repertoire mainstays by Stravinsky and Percy Grainger, as well as some newer compositions by Harold Meltzer, Wayne Peterson, and Joseph Schwantner. Robert Kirzinger’s excellent program notes make the case that band […]


BMOP Bangs Big

November 17, 2009

I’m later to it than I’d like to be, but I wanted to offer some words on BMOP‘s Big Bang concert last Friday in addition to my earlier brief post of anticipatory excitement. The name of the concert is a clever pun. It not only refers to the percussion pieces that made up the program, […]


BMOP Makes Some Noise up in Jordan

November 11, 2009

The BMOP is back. After a bit of a break following their excellent Voices of America Festival, they’ll be tearing up Jordan Hall Friday night with an ambitious concert entitled Big Bang. On the program: Edgard Varèse: Ionization Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro George Antheil: Ballet mécanique This is jarring music that involves bizarre large-scale […]


BMOP and Florestan Sing Barber

September 28, 2009

On Sunday Boston’s, if not America’s, premiere new music orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, in conjunction with the Florestan Recital Project, concluded their weekend long festival ‘Voice of America.’ Double billed concerts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday paired Florestan performances of Samuel Barber songs (entitled ‘Barberfest’) with BMOP concerts of American vocal music. Tufts’ […]