Concertmaster Scott St. John led from the chair during ROCO’s Season 13 conductorless concert, “Legendary Love” – taking its title from this world premiere commission by composer Dan Visconti, honoring Christian Kidd, lead singer of the Houston-based ’70s punk rock band, The Hates.
The performance also featured two new commissions by Houston-based composer, Mark Buller – “Nursery Rhymes” and “Tombstone Songs”. Two movements from Antonin Dvorák’s “Legends” paired with “Wood Notes” by William Grant Still, who was heavily influenced by Dvorák’s call to American composers to find their own unique voices. “Mazurek”, also by Dvorák, featured St. John as soloist.
Recorded February 11, 2018 at The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX.