On Thursday, April 4, at 7:30, the ROCO String Quartet will perform “Czechs, Please!” featuring selections by Czechoslovakian composers. The program features beautiful and lyrical love songs for quartet from Dvořák as well as Erwin Schulhoff’s first string quartet. The night will be filled with Czech dance music, jazz influenced tunes, folksongs, and a lively movement “alla slovacca”. The program will also include music from Kozeluch and Suk, plus a ROCO surprise or two!
ROCO String Quartet Chamber Concert
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Cullen Hall at University of St. Thomas
4001 Mt. Vernon Houston 77006
7:00pm Wine reception
Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 for students
- Antonín Dvořák Cypresses
- Leopold Kozeluch String Quartet E Flat Major, Op. 32, Adiago
- Erwin Schulhoff String Quartet No. 1
- Josef Suk Barcarolle and Ballade
- Plus a surprise or two!
About the ROCO String Quartet
Through 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. The 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.
Performing with the ROCO String Quartet will be violinists Cecila Belcher and Pasha Sabouri, violist Suzanne LeFevre, and cellist Eric Gaenslen. Each is an accomplished artist-performer.
New York-based violinist Cecilia Belcher has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburg and Houston Symphony, The Knights, and ROCO. She has previously been a member of the New World Symphony, as concertmaster and principal second violin, Verbier Festival Orchestra, and Canton Symphony. Cece is ROCO’s principal second violin.
Pasha Sabouri has soloed at the Edinburugh Festival, as well as with the Texas Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Henderson Symphony, and others. He has also won first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, as well as being National Finalist for Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Division. This is Pasha’s fourth season with ROCO.
Suzanne LeFevre is a violist and personnel manager for ROCO, as well as a violist for Houston Grand Opera and Mercury Baroque, and an affiliate artist at University of Houston. This is Suzanne’s eighth season with ROCO.
Cellist Eric Gaenslen has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist and guest soloist in venues across North America and Europe. As cellist of the renowned Rossetti String Quartet, Eric has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Berlin Konzerthaus, with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Eugenia Zuckerman, Gautier Capuçon and Pepe Romero. This is Eric’s second season with ROCO.