ROCO String Quartet’s Feb 21 Concert highlights English Composers

USt postcardROCO and University of St. Thomas are pleased to present the second in a series of chamber concerts featuring the ROCO String Quartet in Cullen Hall at University of St. Thomas. This series is another step in the University’s multi-year plan to establish a major performing arts center on the St. Thomas campus.

ROCO String Quartet Chamber Concert

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Cullen Hall at University of St. Thomas
4001 Mt. Vernon Houston 77006
7:00pm Reception
7:30pm Performance
Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 for students
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Program: London & England: Its composers and its influence

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams String Quartet in A minor
  • Benjamin Britten A Phantasy for Oboe and String Quartet
  • Joseph Haydn String Quartet Op.74, No. 3
  • Two pieces based on traditional English folksongs by Frank Bridge

About the ROCO String Quartet
Through this String Quartet series, ROCO is featuring chamber ensembles drawn from within the full 40-piece chamber orchestra. Chamber music has been called “music among friends” because of its intimate nature. The series allows ROCO to expand relationships among musicians, with composers, and with the audience by presenting musical conversations that include contemporary as well as classic repertoire.

Performing with the ROCO String Quartet will be violinists Ellen de Pasquale and Evan Price, violist Suzanne LeFevre, cellist Richard Belcher, and special guest, oboist Alecia Lawyer. Each is an accomplished artist-performer.

Widely acclaimed for the beauty of her playing and refined musicianship, Ellen de Pasquale is a regular guest at leading music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, as well as an active recitalist and chamber musician

Evan Price is steadily gaining recognition as one of the world’s most confident voices in extra-classical string playing at age 24, Price joined the world-renowned Turtle Island String Quartet. For the next ten years, he played with, arranged music for, and toured the world with Turtle Island, and is the recipient of two GRAMMY® awards for his work with the group.

Suzanne LeFevre is a violist and personnel manager for ROCO, as well as a violist for Houston Grand Opera and Mercury Baroque, and an affiliate artist at University of Houston.

New Zealand cellist, Richard Belcher has performed as a chamber musician and in solo settings across the USA and internationally. He is cellist with the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, of which he is a founding member, and principal cellist with ROCO.

Oboist, Alecia Lawyer is ROCO’s founder who also serves as artistic and executive director and performs as principal oboist of ROCO. In addition, she solos with area orchestras and is oboist with the contemporary composers group Musiqa in Houston.

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