A Fine Centennial

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 8:00pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm by Nicholas Alexander Brown, Music Director & Founder, The Irving Fine Society
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Irving Fine Blue Towers (1959)
Irving Fine Diversions for Orchestra (1959)
Harold Shapero Serenade in D for string orchestra (1946)
Arthur Berger Prelude, Aria, and Waltz for string orchestra (1945, rev. 1982)
Irving Fine Symphony (1962)
Presented in collaboration with The Fine Family, The Irving Fine Society, and Brandeis University.

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News and Press

[News Coverage] The Top Ten Performances of 2014
10. Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Irving Fine Symphony To celebrate Irving Fine’s centennial, Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project offered music by the composer and his Brandeis contemporaries, Arthur Berger and Harold Shapero. But the centerpiece of this May concert was Fine’s Symphony of 1962, one of the noteworthy symphonies of the twentieth century. BMOP’s spectacular performance of the work showed why that is the case. (AK)
Boston Classical Review Full coverage
[Concert Review] BMOP Celebrates Fine Friends
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project celebrated Irving Fine’s centennial at Jordan Hall Friday with performances of three of his works alongside pieces by Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger—two of Fine’s mid-20th-century “Third Boston School” colleagues. The event was part concert, part a collegiate bash for Brandeis University, and part family reunion. Eric Chasalow, the current Irving G. Fine Professor of Music at Brandeis, made some remarks and read a letter from the university’s president, Frederick Lawrence.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review
[Concert Review] BMOP salutes Irving Fine centenary
Irving Fine — born in East Boston a century ago this December, an anniversary celebrated by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and conductor Gil Rose on Friday — was at the center of the Boston School of mid-20th-century classical composition.
The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] BMOP Presents "A Fine Centennial" at Jordan Hall
While 1962′s Symphony owes a clear debt to Stravinsky and Britten (especially its last movement), it sounds like nobody but Irving Fine. This is a score that orchestras ought to be lining up to play.
The Arts Fuse Full review
[Concert Review] Irving Fine centennial marked in brilliant style by BMOP
In his short creative life Irving Fine secured a reputation for both populist and serious music. His chamber and choral works remain in the standard repertoire, but his little-played orchestral music is remarkable and memorable for its personal charm and lyricism even when the composer employed the most dissonant of material.
Boston Classical Review Full review
[Press Release] The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) in Association With The Fine Family & The Irving Fine Society, and Brandeis University Celebrate Irving Fine’s Centennial and his Fellow Boston School Composers Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger
Download PDF When: Friday, May 16 @ 8:00 p.m. (free pre-concert talk @ 7:00 p.m.) Where: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony/Mass Ave. Tickets: General $20 - $50/Students $10. To reserve seats now, contact BMOP at bmop.org or 781.324.0396. Starting April 18, tickets are also available through the Jordan Hall Box Office at 617.585.1260, in person, or at tix.com.
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