A compilation of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups. ROCO was the number two programmer of works by composers of color in the 2019 concert season, per the Institute for Composer Diversity .
For ROCO's debut album, it was important for the selection of works to be a collaborative process. We surveyed our musicians and asked them to select their favorite pieces from ROCO's repertoire over our first twelve seasons. Given our long history of commissioning, it was not surprising that five of our then fifty-eight world premiere commissions rose to the top. The recording session were originally scheduled for August 2017 in the Texas Hill Country, just outside of Houston. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey struck just days before, resulting in an eight month delay of the project. The sixth piece, Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong, commissioned in honor of the resiliency of the Houston community in the wake of the storm, was added to complete the story of the album.
ROCO's Season Eight Opener boasts exotic works by Reena Esmail (Teen Murti for String Orchestra), Huang Ruo (Folk Songs for…