River Oaks Chamber Orchestra continues its 2013 - 2014 ROCO Chamber Series on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. with a concert titled Rhythms of Paris and New Orleans at Gremillion &Co. Fine Art Annex located at 2504 Nottingham in the Rice Village area. The concert features chamber music by Sergei Prokofiev and Dave Anderson, selected for their ability to transport listeners to the cities the composers hail from.

Prokofiev wrote Quintet Op. 39 at the age of 33, at the beginning of his time in Paris. The piece was originally written for a ballet entitled "Trapeze" and based on circus characters. His unique musical language was fitting to paint the eerie atmosphere unique to the circus. The ballet itself was not a great success because the music was too difficult to dance to, so Prokofiev reworked the piece into the quintet it is today.

Anderson's Quintet is a wonderful partner to the Prokofiev. As a bass player, Anderson wanted to fill out the repertoire available to his instrument. Taking a cue from the instrumentation of Prokofiev's Quintet, he wrote a five movement piece representing not only his classical training influenced by Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but his education and love for jazz and funk. Anderson is currently the principal bassist for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans.

Tickets for the event cost $25 for General Admission, $10 for students and are available at the door or on

ROCO Chamber Series: Rhythms of Paris and New Orleans

Sunday, March 9, 2013

4 p.m., at Gremillion &Co. Fine Art Annex
2504 Nottingham
Houston, Texas 77005
Tickets: $25 general admission, $10 for students at or 713-665-2700

Musician Bios:

Alecia Lawyer is the Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lawyer was named a finalist for Texas Musician of the Year (along with Willie Nelson) and was listed as one of Houston's Top 50 Most Influential Women 2010. She has received numerous awards, including the Gutsy Gal Award from Houston Woman Magazine, the Sigma Alpha Iota Musician of the Year, and the Outstanding Chamber Orchestra Founder from the Houston Chronicle. She regularly presents her Entrepreneurial model and dynamic ideas to conservatories, universities and music festivals around the US such as Yale, SMU, Round Top and Texas Music Festival, showing ROCO as a case study for community-specific orchestral building.

Nathan Williams Clarinetist Nathan Williams has recently been praised for his "sublime control," "outstanding musicality," "technical finesse surpassed only by his intuition for musical concept and shape," "silky sound," "most exquisite and expressive playing," and "dazzling technique". He is the principal clarinetist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and former principal clarinetist of the Winston-Salem Symphony. He is a founding member, with oboist Rebecca Henderson and bassoonist Kristin Wolfe Jensen, of the Texas Reed Trio.

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