ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) launches its second decade with the 2015-2016 season, its 11th, titled “Side By Side.” Eleven new world premiere commissions bring ROCO’s world premiere total to 54 by the end of this season, characterized by programming that celebrates the artistic partnerships and creative collaborations that have brought ROCO through its first ten years, while exploring exciting new connections — including moving two series into Houston’s newest performing arts center, The MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston) — and intriguing musical juxtapositions. And finally, Side By Side references all of the many communities that combine to make up Houston, and which ROCO remains committed to reaching out to through performances. Although River Oaks is part of ROCO’s name, only four of ROCO’s 39 concerts last season took place there, with this season marking ROCO’s first forays as far North as The Woodlands.
“The concept of ‘Side By Side’ starts simply with two 1’s standing together to create the number 11 as ROCO embarks on its 11th season,” explains ROCO Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist Alecia Lawyer. “But ‘Side By Side’ also describes a season in which we’re thanking and spotlighting the partners – new and established – who stand beside us, as we endeavor through music to unite the disparate corners of this wonderfully diverse, sprawling city of ours. And finally, ‘Side By Side’ points to our 11th Season’s programming theme, wherein East meets West, historical meets modern, and longstanding artistic friendships are brought to the fore and celebrated.”
World premiere commissions for ROCO this season include Rick Robinson’s “Getcha Groove On” (commission sponsored by The Wortham Foundation), James Matheson’s Concerto for Two Shakuhachi (commission sponsored by The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation and The Wortham Foundation), Marcus Maroney’s Concerto for Orchestra (commission sponsored by The Wortham Foundation), and Dorothy Gates’ Trombone Concerto (commission sponsored by The Wortham Foundation).
Guest artists making their ROCO debuts this season include composers Rick Robinson, James Matheson, and Dorothy Gates; Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flutes) soloists James Nyoraku Schlefer and Akihito Obama; concertmaster/soloist Scott St. John; and ROCO principal trombonist Thomas Hulten making his ROCO solo debut.
Returning ROCO guest artists include composers Reena Esmail, Marcus Maroney, and Anthony DiLorenzo; and conductors, Andrés Cárdenes, Edwin Outwater, and Victor Yampolsky.
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