Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is one of the few professional orchestras in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing and recording music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Gil Rose, BMOP’s mission is to illuminate the connections that exist naturally between contemporary music and contemporary society by reuniting composers and audiences in a shared concert experience. BMOP offers a subscription season in NEC’s Jordan Hall and other venues, as well as informal concerts in downtown clubs. ASCAP has honored BMOP seven times with its Award for Adventurous Programming of Orchestral Music.
The NEC connection
One of BMOP’s first concerts, in November 1996, was held in NEC’s Jordan Hall and included music by NEC composers Arthur Berger, then of the faculty, and Alan Hovhaness ’36. In 1998, NEC welcomed BMOP as its affiliate orchestra for new music, and in May 1999, BMOP’s Jordan Hall concert dedicated to “NEC Composers, Past, Present & Future” launched an annual series of concerts built around compositions and performances by NEC musicians. Currently, the annual "Boston ConNECtion" concert features the performance of the selected score from the NEC/BMOP composition contest and a work performed by the winner of the NEC/BMOP concerto competition. NEC students may attend BMOP concerts free of charge.
BMOP has released many world premiere recordings, including CDs dedicated to the music of NEC composers and/or featuring NEC performers. More on this.