Nov 16, 2018
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ROCO is one of the most innovative, boundary-pushing ensembles performing today, committed to building new connections to audiences, creating new repertoire and embracing new technology. For our debut album, we asked our musicians to pick their favorite pieces from ROCO’s repertoire, and what rose to the top were five of our then fifty-eight world premiere commissions (over seventy-five by the end of the current season).
Music includes Karim Al-Zand’s haunting Visions from Another World, Reena Esmail’s pulsing, unpredictable Teen Murti, Derek Bermel’s tender Murmurations (hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “delightful and often intriguing”), Anthony DiLorenzo’s whimsical Jabberwocky, and Marcus Maroney’s Bartók-inspired Concerto for Chamber Orchestra.
The recording sessions, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen with Grammy-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh, were originally scheduled for August 2017 right when Hurricane Harvey struck, resulting in an eight month delay of the project. The sixth piece, Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong, also by Anthony DiLorenzo, was commissioned in honor of the resiliency of the Houston community in the wake of the storm.
Composed in a week’s time and shared with other arts organizations throughout Houston, the work embodies the strength and resilience of our home community. In an interview with Houston Public Media before the work’s premiere, Alecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Oboe of ROCO said, “The idea is to create a thread of music tying us all together, illustrating the unity Houston has displayed in the past few weeks.” After experiencing major recording delays during this disaster, ROCO chose to complete its debut album with DiLorenzo’s powerful fanfare.
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With thanks to Blueprint Film Co.!