ROCO is releasing its first children’s book, The Nightingale—based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, with original illustrations and commissioned music!
Music With Narration
The Nightingale is a spectacular piece for violin, clarinet, piano, and narrator that ROCO commissioned by Hong Kongese-Canadian composer Kevin Lau and premiered in 2018 by ROCO Concertmaster Scott St. John, Principal Clarinet, Nathan Williams, and Lau as pianist. To help bring the story to life, ROCO commissioned illustrations from Amy Scheidegger Ducos which were projected during the premiere performance, which lent themselves beautifully to the creation of the book. ROCO also invited Chinese native, Miya Shay, Houston’s ABC13 anchor, to narrate the story.
The book will include three QR codes to the piece, one to the music and narration, one to the music with page turn prompts, and one to simply the music, so you or your children can read the delightfully colorful story while bringing the joy of classical music into your children’s lives.
With access as our number one value, ROCO will donate copies of the book to Houston Public Libraries, Houston Independent School District elementary campuses for their music classes, and other organizations focusing on multi-generational audiences and engagement. ROCO believes that classical music should be enjoyed by all ages!