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Scott Wheeler: Crazy Weather


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BMOP/sound, the acclaimed label of the award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project, chronicles the evolution of the music formerly known as classical. Since its inauguration in March 2008, BMOP/sound has established itself as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and solely devoted to new music recordings. Under the leadership of BMOP’s Artistic Director Gil Rose, our rapidly growing discography currently comprises 37 unique entries, each focusing on the work of a contemporary composer or 20th-century master. We need your help to release the 38th entry in our catalog, “Crazy Weather,” which features three works by New England composer Scott Wheeler.

One of the most valuable aspects of our mission is the chance to collaborate with today’s composers. Hailed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his music of "expressive impact and meticulous workmanship," Scott Wheeler has had a long and fruitful relationship with BMOP and with the greater Boston new music community. We are thrilled to feature three of his orchestral works on this long overdue release. Scott’s interpretation of modern orchestral music is intelligent, fresh, and satisfying, blending tradition with myriad contemporary influences. The title piece, “Crazy Weather,” incorporates a double string orchestra and borrows its name from a John Ashbery poem. “City of Shadows” was written for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and became a sort of universal urban portrait. “Northern Lights,” Wheeler’s first composition for full orchestra, looks northward to the starkly beautiful world of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

The talented and spirited musicians of BMOP have already performed and recorded the audio material for this release, but many steps remain before we can share the finished CD with new music lovers around the world. Editing and mastering of the audio tracks; graphic design, writing, and editing of the accompanying booklet and packaging materials, and the final printing and manufacturing process are all ahead. Recording orchestral music takes the combined efforts of many fine musicians and CD production professionals, and is a demanding but rewarding endeavor.

We are asking for your help to raise at least $4,000 in funds for the next leg of our production journey. Along with prospective grants and private pledges, we believe we can raise the $10,100 needed to reach the finish line for this project. Any amount donated towards and beyond our goal will go directly to use to meet the financial demands of bringing this striking and enriching music into the recorded world. Thank you from all of us at BMOP/sound!

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A digital download of one track of "Crazy Weather."
Digital download of the entirety of "Crazy Weather."
A signed copy of "Crazy Weather" delivered by post.
Autographed "Crazy Weather" and your choice of another BMOP/sound CD.
Autographed "Crazy Weather" and your choice of 3 additional CDs from the BMOP/sound catalog.
All of the above, plus a framed, autographed copy of the first page of one of the featured works.
All of the above, plus a complete set of the BMOP/sound catalog (36 CDs, including items currently out of print)--an estimated retail value of $650!
All of the above, plus a musical portrait by Scott Wheeler, composed from life and included in a signed copy of his "Portraits and Tributes" collection of short piano pieces. Available within the Greater Boston area--please contact us to confirm location
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, Artistic Director. Defining the music formerly known as classical.