Every commission has a unique story,
but they all have a similar path…
Dear ROCO Supporter,
It is no “Surprise” that Haydn wrote his 94th Symphony — the Esterhazy family commissioned him to compose it.
The Last Supper may not have been painted by Da Vinci if his patron, the Duke of Milan, had not requested it.
The iconic Eiffel Tower would not grace the skyline of Paris without the World’s Fair of 1889 committee’s financial support.
These well-known works were once new to audiences, but now we cannot imagine our world without them.
ROCO commissions an average of 10 new works each season and will have performed the world premiere of nearly 80 commissioned new works by the end of the current season.
I had the chance in early 2018 to work with ROCO’s Artistic Director, Alecia Lawyer, and help commission a new piece for violin, clarinet, and piano from composer, Kevin Lau. The piece was based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Nightingale and incorporated both narration and commissioned illustrations. After a lot of communication and collaboration, the work was premiered in April 2018 in Houston and performed in New York in October 2018 with potential plans for this concept to be turned into a children’s book, making this work more accessible to a growing audience.
ROCO provides an extremely rare opportunity for us, as musicians, to engage a composer to write a piece with our involvement and sometimes our instigation.
I treasured this experience because working with a living composer allows me, as well as other ROCOmusicians, to gain insight directly from the source of a new work.
Please be a part of the creation of new music! We welcome your gift to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund and are grateful that you can be a part of the story, working with ROCO to shape the future of classical music.
Scott St. John, ROCO Concertmaster
Nightingale illustrations by Amy Scheidegger Ducos