Boston Modern Orchestra Project announces envelope-pushing season

November 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Gil Rose will open Boston Modern Orchestra Project's season Nov. 20 with a program of Canadian music at Jordan Hall. Photo: Liz Linder

Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project will present nine concerts in its 2011-12 season ranging from intimate, chamber presentations to four ambitious orchestral programs at Jordan Hall.

The season will open Nov. 20 with “True North,” a program of Canadian composers featuring Vessel by Kati Agócs, Colin McPhee’s Symphony No. 2, Letter from Mozart by Michael Colgrass and Claude Vivier’s Orion.

“Strange Bedfellows” on Jan. 27 will explore contemporary concertos with Eric Chasalow’s Horn Concerto being given its world premiere (Bruno Schneider is the soloist). Also on tap are Andrew Norman’s Air: Concerto for Theremin; Keeril Makan’s electric guitar concerto, Dream Lightly; Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto; and Luciano Berio’s Chemins II su Sequenza VI for viola.

Tan Dun’s complete Water Passion After Saint Matthew will be presented April 6. And BMOP will close its Jordan Hall season with Apollo’s Fire in a program offering Nikos Skalkottas’s Greek Dances, Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagete, William Bolcom’s Medusa with mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, and Lewis Spratlan’s Apollo & Daphne Variation.

BMOP will also continue its “Club Concerts’ with three intimate nightclub-style programs at Club Oberon on Harvard Square, as well as two “Free Fromm Concerts” at Harvard’s John Knowles Paine Hall.

BMOP also announced Andrew Norman as its new Composer-in-Residence for 2011-13. Norman will host BMOP’s pre-concert talks, curate the Club Concert series, and mentor young composers in local high schools and colleges.

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