The 2014 ROCO Chamber Series Presents FRENCH SALON, 4/27
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concludes its 2013 - 2014 ROCO Chamber Series on Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m. with a concert titled French Salonat Gremillion &Co. Fine Art Annex located at 2504 Nottingham. The performance, which showcases several French composers, incorporates works written for the oboe, bassoon and piano. The concert includes a co-commissioned premiere by John Steinmetz and music by Francis Poulenc, Theodore Lalliet and Stanislas Verroust. The performance features ROCO Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist Alecia Lawyer, Principal Bassoonist Kristin Wolfe Jensen and PianistRodney Waters.
ROCO continues its commitment to living composers with a Houston premiere of Steinmetz's Duo for Oboe and Bassoon. Co-commissioned by a consortium of oboists and bassoonists, the piece world premiered at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Annual Conference.
A self-taught composer, Poulenc wrote Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano to feature the oboe and bassoon as storytellers: creating a narrative tension at the beginning that develops into a soft pastorale and concludes with a joyful fanfare. Lalliet's Terzetto for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, one of his few original works, is a lyrical piece that is designed to highlight the simplistic harmony between the oboe and bassoon. Verroust's Solo de Concert for Oboe and Piano is one of 12 oboe concertos and demonstrates a remarkable style and elegance influenced by the French opera.
Tickets for the event cost $25 for general admission, $10 for students. Tickets are available at the door or on www.rocohouston.org
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.