ROCO on “The Front Row” with KUHA Classical 91.7

ROCO in Concert: Season 9

September 30, 2013
Tenor Zachary Averyt talks about Benjamin Britten’s Serenade, a piece he performs with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra on its season-opening concert. Listen Here

September 16, 2013
Clarinetist Maiko Sasaki, violinist Aloysia Friedmann, pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan, and ROCO Chamber Series director Suzanne LeFevre, perform and talk with St.John Flynn. Listen Here

August 29, 2013
Artistic Director Alecia Lawyer and chamber-series director Suzanne LeFevre preview the programs that the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra will present during the coming season, and we hear a ROCO concert performance of the Toccata and Two Canzonas by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Listen Here

Past Seasons

February 20, 2013
Violist Suzanne LeFevre of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra chats about the program of British chamber music the ROCO String Quartet will perform on its next recital. Listen Here

February 8, 2013
We preview the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s next performances with guest concert-master Joseph Swenson and trumpeter Joseph Foley.  They talk about Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number Two, which will feature both of them as soloists, plus works by Handel, Haydn and Sibelius. Listen Here

November 15, 2012
The Julliard School’s Paul Jacobs is the soloist in Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony Number One for Organ and Orchestra, Edwin Outwater guest-conducts Haydn’s Symphony “The Bear” and Autumn Rhapsody by Pierre Jalbert, as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents its concert Musical Mélange and Organ Solo. Listen Here

November 2, 2012
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra String Quartet performs, treating us to music from the New World, previewing their concert The Americas: Impressions, Reflections and Exploration. Listen Here

October 5, 2012
Executive director Alecia Lawyer, conductor Josep Caballe-Domenech and piano soloist Anne-Marie McDermott, alert us to what’s on the musical agenda for Fiesta!, this season’s first concert by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Listen Here

October 21, 2011
We chat with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, baritone soloist Timothy Jones, and Executive Director Alecia Lawyer about the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s season-opening concert of Mozart and Finzi, which they’ll present at two different local churches over the weekend. Listen Here.

February 17, 2012
Houston composer and jazz pianist, Paul English, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Founder and Artistic Director, Alecia Lawyer, Guest Conductor, Kazem Abdullah, and cello soloist, Richard Belcher, preview this weekend’s ROCO concerts, which include the World Première of Lumière Lunaire by Mr. English. Listen Here.

April 20, 2012
Executive Director and principal oboist Alecia Lawyer, guest conductor Alastair Willis and Shepherd School of Music composer Anthony Brandt, talk about Saturday’s final River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concert of the season, which includes the world premiere of Brandt’s orchestral song Maternity – Women’s Voices Through the Ages. Listen Here.

ROCO String Quartet Series: Season 7

September 29, 2011
Founder/Artistic Director Alecia Lawyer of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, ROCO violist Suzanne LeFevre [pictured] and Dominic Aquila, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas, talk about tonight’s debut concert by the ROCO String Quartet at UST. The program is part of the new ROCO Chamber Series and UST’s new Peforming Arts Intitiative. Listen Here.

February 22, 2012
MIT composer, Elena Rueh [pictured], and two members of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra String Quartet, chat about the next concert on the ROCO Chamber Music Series. That program includes a screening of the 1916 silent movie, Deschutes Driftwood, accompanied by a live performance of the musical score by Ms. Ruehr. Listen Here.

April 10, 2012
Violist Suzanne LeFevre of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and composer Elena Ruehr preview the next ROCO String Quartet chamber-music recital.  The program, entitled Song and Dance, features Bel Canto, a recent work by Ms. Ruehr, inspired by the novel of the same name by Ann Patchett. Listen Here.

April 8, 2011
Guest conductor, Robert Moody; Clarinet soloist, Nathan Williams and Artistic Director, Alecia Lawyer, preview the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s season-finale program, featuring Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Listen Here.

February 11, 2011
Executive Artistic Director, Alecia Lawyer, principal horn, Danielle Kuhlman and concertmaster, Brian Lewis, talk about the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s annual Conductorless Concert! The missing conductor is not the only surprise the program includes Haydn’s Surprise Symphony and other “mystery” pieces; ROCO will play it this weekend at The Church of Saint John the Divine and at The Houstonian Hotel. Listen Here.

October 15, 2010
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director Alecia Lawyer, renowned guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, composer Scott McAllister and bassist Sandor Oslund join us in the Geary Performance Studio! We preview ROCO’s season-opener, which includes Scott McAllister’s World Premiere Concerto for Double Bass. Listen Here.

Conductor Joel Smirnoff, ROCO Concertmaster Brian Lewis, and Executive Director and Founder Alecia Lawyer joined KUHF’s St. John Flynn in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview session of the 5th Season Opener on October 9, 2009. Listen Here.

ROCO’s Principal Flutist Christina Jennings and composer Carter Pann appeared live on KUHF 88.7FM on The Front Row on April 17, 2009 to discuss the world premiere of Mercury Concerto. Listen Here.

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