ROCO Alive in Concert: Once Upon a Time

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra opens its tenth season with ROCO Alive in Concert: Once Upon a Time. The program includes the world premiere of Maria Newman’s Abilene Concerto, commissioned by ROCO. “Every concert this season will feature a ROCO-commissioned world premiere,” says founder and artistic director Alecia Lawyer via press materials. Former ROCO concertmaster Brian Lewis returns to join the 40-piece orchestra under conductor Victor Yampolsky as the featured soloist in Abilene Concerto. Once Upon a Time also revisits the first ever ROCO performance, Rossini’s Italian in Algiers Overture, which the orchestra performed in 2005. The program also includes Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes and Mozart’s Symphony 41, the last one ever composed by the man who inspired the ’80s classic “Rock Me Amadeus” (among a few other accolades).

5 p.m. on Saturday. Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks. For information, call 713-665-2700 or visit rocohouston.org. $15 to $35.

Photo: Victor Yampolsky
Sat., Sept. 27, 5 p.m., 2014

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