Musical and Literary Ofrenda

Musical and Literary <i>Ofrenda</i>

Photo by Jeff Grass Photography

For self-described “Celtic, redhead white girl” Alecia Lawyer, founder and artistic director of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, each ROCO-commissioned work that’s part of the group’s Musical and Literary Ofrenda is an opportunity to show “something that seems uniquely Mexican and very different” and which is actually quite relatable. “Most people think [Día de los Muertos] is so macabre,” says Lawyer, “which I find ironic because just the day before they put on these grotesque masks.” The five original musical offerings by Musiqa composers are interspersed with original text by Inprint authors. Following the 45-minute concert and reading is the Houston Hispanic Forum’s Español y arte for guests who’d like to stick around and practice their Spanish while admiring Lawndale Art Center’s creative and colorful retablos.

There’s a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the performance at 6. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. For information, call 713-665-2700 or visit rocohouston.org. Free.

[Organizer's description:] The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) celebrates “Day of the Dead” with a free Musical and Literary Ofrenda at Lawndale Art Center on November 1. ROCO partners with Lawndale, Musiqa, Inprint and Houston Hispanic Forum for this annual event, which is promoted by the Mexican Consulate. The five original musical “ofrendas” (offerings) — commissioned by ROCO from Musiqa composers — are woven amongst four original prose texts by Inprint authors, surrounded by the “retablos” (alterpieces) on display at Lawndale.

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