ROCO is everywhere. In its 18th season, this industry-changing chamber orchestra from Houston has reached well beyond the walls of the traditional concert space, laying down a vibrant and diverse soundtrack for an entire city.
A historic ice storm. The four seasons. Industrial sites colliding with the natural world. A farmer’s life and its links to the land. A glacier that melted away.
If those sound like the latest topics from a natural-science magazine or a climate website, think again. They’ll all be evoked in music during the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s coming season—not that Alecia Lawyer, ROCO’s artistic director, started out with that in mind.
Alecia Lawyer, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s artistic director, introduced the idea discreetly last fall: She and two other musicians devoted a program on the group’s Unchambered series entirely to works by female composers. This season, Lawyer and ROCO are going big with the theme.