Strings Attached

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Saturday, March 6, 2010 | 8:00pm
Program Notes hosted by The Score Board at 7:00pm
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Nathan Ball Stained Glass (2009)
Scott Wheeler Crazy Weather (2004)
Stephen Hartke Alvorada (1983)
Milton Babbitt Correspondences for string orchestra and synthesized tape (1967)
Betty Olivero Neharót Neharót (2006)
Béla Bartók Divertimento (1940)

Gil Rose, conductor

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News and Press

[Concert Review] What's New
The timely highlight of Gil Rose's latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, "Strings Attached," was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John Ashbery poem that begins, "It's this crazy weather we've been having." Thunderous snaps of antiphonal bass strings set off pizzicato raindrops that turn into Allegro sheets of musical rain. Of course, it's an emotional landscape, as the exquisite Adagio makes even clearer.
The Boston Phoenix Full review
[Concert Review] The Hidden Life of Strings
The string section is a staple of any orchestra: The largest of the instrumental sections, the strings are the most prominently displayed. Strings are usually the most constant factor in any orchestral score, while woodwinds, brass, percussion are the variables. Perhaps it is ironic that the fate of the string section is to play some of the least sonically interesting parts. Strings are often consigned to betraying their vast range of timbre and tone color to complement and support more strident colors of other sections of the orchestra.
The Tech Full review
[Concert Review] String Theory
I was feeling a little, well, strung out this weekend (having seen both Itzhak Perlman and the Artemis String Quartet), so perhaps I simply wasn't in the mood for "Strings Attached," the latest concert by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (last Saturday at Jordan Hall). Or then again, maybe the concert was simply as mixed a bag as it seemed. At any rate, it proved a rather rambling evening, with perhaps no very deep lows, but only one real high.
The Hub Review Full review
[Concert Review] For Modern Orchestra, strings tie it all together
It was probably the touchy economy, in part, that inspired Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to build concerts this season around subsections of the orchestra rather than the full group; on Saturday, it was works for strings. And the orchestra's most homogeneous group, its lyricism and opulence self-reinforcing, made for pretty classy thrift.
The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] Strung Out: BMOP's "Strings Attached"
As the BMOP nears the close of its season, Boston lowbrow was treated to–in keeping with the "instrumental" theme of their programming this year–a concert of string music with the paronomastic title "Strings Attached." Saturday night started with Stained Glass (2009), a brand new short and accessible piece by NEC grad student Nathan Ball–a smooth start to the night with its passages of shuddering violins and folky vibrato.
Boston lowbrow Full review
[Concert Review] Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Strings Attached
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) presented its third full concert of the season at Jordan Hall on Saturday night, March 6, exclusively featuring the strings in an extensive, fairly eclectic program of music for string orchestra. The program, tagged "Strings Attached" was the counterpart to BMOP's prior concert in January featuring music exclusively for winds. The pieces performed included two monuments of the 20th-century canon, Bartók's Divertimento and Babbitt's Correspondences for string orchestra and synthesized tape.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review
[News Coverage] Gil Rose talks to Michael Miller about contemporary music, BMOP, and the Opera Boston premiere of Madame White Snake
Gil Rose is best known for his leadership of two high-profile Boston organizations, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), one of the major supporters of contemporary music in America, and Opera Boston, which specializes in musically outstanding performances of operatic masterpieces which have been neglected by the mainstream houses. I know I'll be eternally grateful to him and Opera Boston for my first opportunity to see Weber's Der Freischütz, universally regarded as a seminal work in the history of opera and a great one, but rarely performed today.
The Berkshire Review Full coverage