Gil Rose, Artistic Director
Laina Barakat, General Manger
Andrea Bonsignore, Lend An Ear! Coordinator
Gil Rose is a conductor helping to shape the future of classical music. In 1996, he founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the foremost professional orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing and recording modern and contemporary music.
Mo. Rose also maintains a busy guest conducting schedule. He made his Tanglewood debut in 2002 and in 2003 he debuted with the Netherlands Radio Symphony. He has led the American Composers Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, among other ensembles. In 2010, he joined the American Repertory Theatre to conduct Death and the Powers, a new, seminal multi-media work co-commissioned by The American Repertory Theatre and Chicago Opera Theatre.
Mo. Rose joined Opera Boston as its Music Director in 2003. In 2010, he was appointed the company’s first Artistic Director. Mo. Rose has led Opera Boston in several American and New England premieres and in 2009, Mo. Rose led the world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011.
Gil Rose serves as the Executive Producer of the BMOP/sound recording label. His discography includes world premiere recordings of music by John Cage, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Michael Gandolfi, Tod Machover, Steven Mackey, Evan Ziporyn and many others on such labels as Arsis, Chandos, ECM, Naxos, New World, and BMOP/sound.
In 2007, Mo. Rose was awarded Columbia University's Ditson Award as well as an ASCAP Concert Music award for his exemplary commitment to new American music. He is a three time Grammy Award nominee.
Laina Barakat is an Independent Film Producer, and singer-songwriter, excited to join Monadnock Music as its General Manager. Laina first moved to the region 9 years ago to work with Either/Or Films on their premier feature, The Sensation of Sight (David Strathairn, Ian Sommerhalder, Jane Adams, Ann Cusak) which was filmed in Peterborough. Since then, she founded and ran a non-profit artist collective in Keene, NH, The Starving Artist, where she booked nationally touring bands for four years. Further integrating herself into the community, she co-founded and was Executive Director for the Monadnock International Film Festival during its first three years. Her film, Only Daughter, premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and picked up various awards across the country including Audience Choice Award at New York No Limits, and NH Film of the Year at New Hampshire Film Festival. She is in Post Production of her latest film, Glowworm and in development of two additional shorts scheduled to hit production this year. As a songwriter, Laina has been a songwriter in residence at the Glen Workshops in Santa Fe New Mexico, a Songwriting Captain for Soul Kitchen, workshopped her songs with the band Over The Rhine, and had several of her compositions covered by internationally touring bands. Her second album, The Wayward Ark, was produced by Vinx (Percussionist for Sting and Stevie Wonder, Songwriter for Cheryl Crowe, Seal, at the Broadway Musical The Lion King). She self-released an album in 2015 called Iron Lungs. She continues cowriting with several artists across the country.
In the fall of 2015, Laina Line-Produced a documentary film in Grand Rapids Michigan called More Art Upstairs, which is set to release next year. Laina lives in Marlborough New Hampshire and is proud to now call the Monadnock Region her home.
Lend An Ear! Coordinator
Andrea Bonsignore is a graduate of Oberlin College and New England Conservatory. She is the oboist for the four theaters in Boston presenting Broadway touring musicals. She is principal oboist for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and is a member of North Winds, the Young Audience Woodwind Quintet. She has played and recorded with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Emmanuel Music and has appeared in YoYo Ma’s video chronicling his experiences at Tanglewood. She performs in and coordinates Monadnock Music’s Lend An Ear! outreach program. She recently wrote “Doxie and André’s Flight Path,” a story featuring two intrepid ducklings, inspired by the watercolors of Roger Kizik and played by oboe, violin, bassoon, and accordion.