With the launch of this String Quartet series, ROCO is featuring chamber ensembles drawn from within the full 40-piece chamber orchestra. Chamber music has been called “music among friends” because of its intimate nature. This series allows ROCO to expand relationships among musicians, with composers, and with the audience by presenting musical conversations that include contemporary as well as classic repertoire.
This new series is another step in the University’s multi-year plan to establish a major performing arts center on the St. Thomas campus.
The first concert, on September 29th, 2011, features violinists, Cece Weinkauff and Kirsten Yon, violist and group leader, Suzanne LeFevre, and cellist, Richard Belcher. Each is an accomplished artist-performer: Cece has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony and currently freelances and teaches in New York City. Kirsten is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she serves as Associate Professor of Violin. Suzanne is a violist with ROCO, Houston Grand Opera, and Mercury Baroque, and affiliate professor of Viola at University of Houston. Richard Belcher is ROCO principal cellist and a member of the Grammy-nominated Enso Quartet.
The new ROCO String Quartet Series is sponsored in part by the Houston Press!
Download Press Announcement: Here.