Like most of the arts, in order for a music scene to grow, it needs an audience with equal amounts of respect for the legends and support for the up-and-comers. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project takes this concept to heart. This innovative group, founded in 1996, is widely considered the premier ensemble for commissioning, premiering and otherwise supporting young, contemporary composers from around the world.
BMOP just recently announced its 2011/2012 season, and there’s plenty to be excited about. This season will include eclectic selections like a world premier of Eric Chasalow’s Horn Concerto and the famous Luciano Berio’s Chemins II— a work that will be performed by Jack Stulz (this year’s winner of the BMOP/NEC concerto competition).
On November 20th, BMOP will kick off their season with a salute to modern composers that hail from Canada. The program boasts selections from some of The True North’s top contemporary composers including Kati Agocs, Colin McPhee, Michael Colgrass and Claude Vivier. With characteristic Indonesian sounds, McPhee’s second symphony will be performed along with Orion for full orchestra by Vivier. The latter is a piece originally written for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and presents aesthetic qualities that mirror some of the composer’s life travels. The concert will be held at Jordan Hall on the 20th at 3:00PM. Grab your tickets here.
This year’s lineup promises a wide array of features including evening-length epics and performances by mainstream soloists like Grammy-nominated mandolin player Avi Avital. According to BMOP’s artistic director Gil Rose and a recent press announcement from the orchestra, “BMOP will sate any musical appetite this season.”