We’re topping off our 2012-2013 season with an action-packed program that includes a commissioned double percussion premiere by Jonathan Leshnoff.
On Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (“ROCO”) will present “Big Bang!” with dynamic guest conductor Andre Raphel and the 40-piece River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Featuring traditional classics by Mendelssohn and Respighi paired with bombastic drums, the ROCO season finale will be a blast for classical music aficionados and families alike. ROCO will present the Houston premiere of a commissioned double percussion concerto by internationally-acclaimed composer Jonathan Leshnoff, performed by percussionists Matt McClung and Todd Meehan. And in ROCO fashion, there will be a surprise or two!
André Raphel has established a reputation as an exciting and versatile conductor. Described by the New York Times as “An agile, demonstrative conductor who is physically drawn into the music,” Raphel is currently in his tenth season as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Raphel has also served as Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic for two years.
Jonathan Leshnoff has earned an international reputation as one of America’s most gifted young composers. Named by the Baltimore Sun as an “Artist to Watch,” Jonathan Leshnoff’s music has been lauded by Strings Magazine as “quite distinct from anything else that’s out there,” The New York Times declared in a November, 2008 review that “the afternoon’s keenest discovery was Mr. Leshnoff.”The award-winning composer is a Professor of Music at Towson University.
ROCO in Concert: “Big Bang!”
Saturday, April 20, 2013
5pm, at the Church of St. John the Divine
2450 River Oaks Blvd. at Westheimer, with valet parking available
Houston, TX 77019
With ROCOrooters music education/childcare program
Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for students at HERE or 713-665-2700
Sunday, April 21, 2013
8pm, Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Herman Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Admission is FREE. Tickets for covered seating are available HERE.
Sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
Ottorino Respighi The Birds
Jonathan Leshnoff Concerto for Two Percussionists
Plus a few Surprises!