Boston Modern Orchestra Project at 20: keeping artistic innovation central

Posted on: February 18, 2016

In Sunday’s (2/14) New York Times, David Allen writes that the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, “has become one of the most artistically valuable in the country for its support of music either new or so woefully neglected that it might as well be. Led by the tireless conductor Gil Rose, who founded the ensemble in 1996, the orchestra has built a national presence through nearly 50 releases from its garlanded in-house record label, BMOP/sound. It just deservedly received a sixth Grammy nomination, for Andrew Norman’s outstanding ‘Play,’ and was hailed as Musical America’s 2016 Ensemble of the Year…. It has a full-time staff of just three, and lacks … an endowment. Yet in the past seven years, the group has not once overspent a budget that flirts with the $1 million mark. Of that amount, much goes toward recording, with each release costing between $25,000 and five times that…. Attendance is, as Mr. Rose ruefully notes, modest…. Mr. Rose insists that he cares little about box-office receipts. Instead, he and his orchestra concentrate on creating a stimulating environment.”

Posted February 18, 2016