BMOP’s “Blizzard Voices” program to feature music by NEC composer

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s final program of the 2015-16 season, “Blizzard Voices,” will feature compositions by John Harbison, Paul Moravec, and Stephanie Ann Boyd, a 24-year-old New England Conservatory master’s student and winner of the 2014-15 BMOP/NEC Composition Competition. The March 5 concert at Boston’s Jordan Hall will include the world premiere of Boyd’s Ondine, which Boyd says is taken from the Gaelic legend of a beautiful water spirit that leads men into the sea to drown. “I think that Ondine’s tale is a sad one, not one of some vengeful feminine spirit,” says Boyd. “I decided to interpret her story as one of solitude, despair and confusion, but ultimately self-redemption.” Also on the program will be Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol, featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Bass Edwin Barker; and the Boston premiere of Moravec’s oratorio The Blizzard Voices, a musical setting of Ted Kooser’s poetry collection of the same name, with the NEC Concert Choir. BMOP serves as an affiliate orchestra of the New England Conservatory.

Posted February 18, 2015