ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) opens their 13th season with several world premieres; one from composer Paul Lansky for ROCO principal percussionist Matthew McClung and the second, a fanfare commissioned as a response to the city’s resiliency post-Harvey, from Anthony DiLorenzo. DiLorenzo’s work, “Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong,” will premiere at Friday evening’s show, but will be performed by more than 20 other arts organizations throughout the 2017-18 season, including Stages Repertory Theatre, Opera in the Heights and METdance. This program, which includes Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2, Paul Hindemith’s Cupid and Psyche and Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, will also be presented Saturday, September 23, at The Church of St. John the Divine, with adult tickets priced at $35.
ROCO opens its 2017-18 Season on September 22 & 23 with the world premiere of “Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong” by Anthony DiLorenzo, a fanfare commissioned for Houston in the wake of Harvey to honor the strength, caring, and courage our community showed the world during rescue and now in recovery. Following the world premiere, the piece will also be performed by more than 20 musical ensembles around the city.
The concerts also feature works by Stravinsky, Weill, and Hindemith, plus Paul Lansky's new percussion concerto written for Matthew McClung, that moves from marimbas to bongos to children's toys.