The Boston Modern Orchestra Project Presents the 9TH Annual Boston Connection Concert Featuring New England Conservatory Alumni and Boston-Based Composers

As Part of BMOP’s 10th Anniversary Season

 

Boston, MA— The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the country’s premier new music orchestra, hosts the 9th annual Boston Connection concert Saturday, January 20th @ 8:00pm at Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street).  To honor and acknowledge the vibrant health of Boston’s new music community, BMOP, along with special guest artists including the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Kenneth Radnofksy (saxophone) and Andrew Beer (violin), will perform a range of musical styles from local Bostonian composers, including three NEC alumni composers, in addition to the selected score from the 9th annual BMOP/NEC composition competition.

According to Gil Rose, BMOP’s Artistic Director and Conductor, this concert has become a significant Boston tradition.  “The city of Boston has been planting seeds of new music composers for years.  This concert is an opportunity to highlight their growth and emerging careers.”  BMOP/NEC’s evolving relationship began in 1997 out of a mutual desire to give Boston-based composers and performers a venue for presenting new music. Today, Jordan Hall remains BMOP’s primary venue, and NEC faculty, alumni, and student composers continue to provide a rich repertoire for the orchestra, as demonstrated by the annual Boston Connection concert.

NEC alumnus Michael Gandolfi presents the world premiere of his Saxophone Concerto with guest artist Kenneth Radnofksy.  A Boston native, Gandolfi is the most local of the evening’s Boston-connected composers, having grown up in Melrose, currently living in Cambridge, and still teaching at NEC.  Fellow NEC alumnus Mathew Rosenblum employs a unique 21-pitch octave evident in his Möbius Loop, a one movement four-part-split personality of saxophones performed by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, for whom the work was composed.  In Möbius Loop, the composer’s interest in pop music, freer jazz forms, and Cuban music is reflected.  Like Rosenblum, David Rakowski attended both NEC and Princeton and is one of the most exuberant and popular personalities in Boston’s new music scene.   The perpetual-motion element found in his Winged Contraption is one encountered frequently in Rakowski’s music.

Though composed fifteen years ago for a workshop performance by the American Composers Orchestra, the BMOP performance will be its first public performance. The piece was a 60th birthday present for Boston-based composer Martin Boykan.  As a technical exercise for himself, Rakowski composed, orchestrated, and copied to score for days, and ended this nine-minute piece at the end of the 60th page of the full score.  Both Rakowski’s Winged Contraption and Rosenblum’s Möbius Loop will be recorded by BMOP for future release.

Rounding out the program is Mario Davidovsky’s Concertino for Violin and Chamber Orchestra; a concerto reflecting an engagement with music history.  “I intended to lift the particular 20th century form of ‘violinism’ out of its original historical context, and embed it into the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic fabric of a composition written at the end of this century,” explains Davidovsky.  Known as a pioneer for usage of electronic soundscapes, he is the former director of Harvard University’s Studio for Electrocacoustic Composition, the current Professor Emeritus, and an elder statesman and mentor for many of Boston’s young composers. 

 

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project has had an outstanding reputation amongst Boston’s most innovative and performing arts organizations for attracting multi-generational audiences and providing thematic, diversified programming, and a national reputation for performing and recording new orchestral music at the highest level.  Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Gil Rose, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project strives to illuminate the connections that exist between contemporary music and contemporary society by reuniting composers and audiences

in a shared concert experience.  In just 10 years, BMOP has received eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Orchestral Music, and at the 2006 American Symphony Orchestra League conference BMOP received the prestigious John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music.  BMOP has appeared at the Bank of America Celebrity Series, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Tanglewood, the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA), and Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh, PA).  In Boston BMOP performs at Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, and has performed in New York at Miller Theater, the Winter Garden, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  BMOP recordings are available from Albany, New World, Naxos, Arsis, Oxingale, and Chandos, and are regularly reviewed by national and international publications including The New York Times (Best CDs of 2003), the Chicago Tribune (Best CDs of 2004), Gramophone, Fanfare, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York (Best CDs of 2004), The Boston Globe (Best CDs of 2003), Paris Transatlantic Monthly, LA Weekly, Opera Now, BBC Music, and American Record Guide.
BMOP is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Meet the Composer and other private foundations, and individuals.

 

Gil Rose, Artistic Director, Founder, and Conductor for BMOP, is recognized as one of a new generation of American conductors shaping the future of classical music.  Since 2003, Rose has served as Music Director of Opera Boston, launching the much-celebrated Opera Unlimited, a ten-day contemporary opera festival performed with BMOP.  He was recently chosen as the “Best Conductor of 2003″ by Opera Online.  The Boston Globe claims he “is some kind of genius; his concerts are wildly entertaining, intellectually rigorous, and meaningful.”

 

Lisa Bielawa is a New York-based composer-vocalist and enthusiastic advocate for new music, and the new Composer-in-Residence for BMOP starting October 2006.  Bielawa currently serves on the Board of the American Music Center and teaches composition through the New York Youth Symphony Making Score program.  She is also one of the founders and co-directors of the MATA festival, which was New York Times reviewer Allan Kozinn’s #1 Classical Pick of the Year.  In the works is her piece for migrating ensembles and soprano Susan Narucki for performance in public spaces, a multi-year project of Creative Capital.

 

Ticket Information:
Tickets range from $21 – $42 for the January 20th concert at Jordan Hall.  Special pricing for students $10.  Seniors receive a 10% discount. FREE pre-concert talk @ 7:00pm. For tickets, call BMOP at 617.363.0396 or visit www.bmop.org.   Tickets are also available for sale at the Jordan Hall Box Office three weeks before the concert and at the door, subject to availability.

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