Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, called ROCO, is known for pushing the limits of the expected, bringing classical music into the mainstream by playing in unlikely spaces and collaborating with unlikely partners.
Catch this one while you can, because chances are, a show like this doesn’t come around too often. On February 10 at The Church of St. John the Divine, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) premieres Legendary Love, taking its title from a groundbreaking, genre-crossing world-premiere commission by Dan Visconti, which honors local Houston punk rock legend Christian Kidd, lead singer of The Hates…the band that’s gone unsigned by a major label since 1978, but wildly popular nonetheless.
Composer Maxime Goulet had a delicious idea – to write a musical suite about chocolate, seguing the sounds through signatures that correspond with various types of chocolate.
Then he had an even better idea – to let audiences eat those chocolates while listening to the music.
In the days immediately following Harvey and its devastating floods, Houston chamber orchestra, ROCO, commissioned two works to help celebrate the resilient spirit of the city and to help people heal.
Maintaining perseverance through trying times is a unifying theme in River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s Saturday program “Courageous Catalysts,” which blend a selection of music that channels the fight to end racism and the determination of Texans to survive Hurricane Harvey.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Alecia Lawyer. Alecia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. When I founded ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) in 2005, I was fortunate to be able to build something from the ground up. I…
Since the start of the World Series, a couple of local arts groups have been engaging in friendly feuds with their LA counterparts. Before Game 1 of the World Series, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra posted a video of their Principal Horn Player, Michael Thornton, wearing a Dodgers cap while performing “Take Me out to…
You know that World Series has galvanized all aspects of the city when it’s even extended to chamber music as orchestras from Houston and Los Angeles have entered into a friendly rivalry over the Astros-Dodgers face-off.
Stereotypically, an artist is a perfectionist, a lonely individualist relentlessly slaving over his or her work. Though there’s some truth to that characterization, artists are often introspective, constantly challenged by their own criticism and motivation. Yet, as a member of a corps de ballet or a chamber orchestra, for example, an individual is often not meant to stand out but rather blend into the whole.
The pumpkins are out, as are the ghosts and goblins. Fall is upon us, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) is joining in the festivities.
ROCO offers a new take on an October tradition with its inaugural Musical Trick-or-Treat, where instead of candy being the reward at the door, it’s a musical performance. Audience members will travel in groups to four different historic Heritage Society homes. At each stop, they will hear a short piece of music performed by a single musician.
Helping Houston heal from Harvey, ROCO commissioned Emmy Award-winning composer, Anthony DiLorenzo, to write Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong as a tribute to the city’s resilience. The two-minute fanfare honors the strength, caring, and courage our community showed the world, both during initial rescue efforts, and now in recovery. The new work received its world…