ROCO Launches its 2017-18 Season with <br>“To The Beat of a Different Drummer” <br>September 22 & 23

ROCO Launches its 2017-18 Season with
“To The Beat of a Different Drummer”
September 22 & 23

Performances feature the world premiere commission of Paul Lansky’s Five Views of an Unfamiliar Tune, a concerto for percussion featuring Matt McClung, where each movement explores a different instrument: vibraphone, marimba, bongos, tom-toms, and children’s toys

The program, conducted by Victor Yampolsky, also features Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2, Hindemith’s Cupid and Psyche, and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks

Monday, August 21, 2017 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) launches its 2017-18 “In Concert” series with “To the Beat of a Different Drummer,” September 22nd at Miller Outdoor Theatre and September 23rd at The Church of St. John the Divine.

The program features the world premiere commission of Five Views of an Unfamiliar Tune, a percussion concerto by pioneering computer-music composer, Paul Lansky. Written to highlight the technical skills and expressive gifts of ROCO’s principal percussionist, Matthew McClung, each movement of the work explores a different instrument: vibraphone, marimba, bongos, tom-toms, and – in an inspired move - children’s toys. This follows ROCO’s practice of both choosing its soloists from its principal musicians, and offering them a chance to either commission a new work or perform one from the existing repertoire.

Victor Yampolsky, one of ROCO’s favorite artistic partners, returns to conduct. The rest of the program features the rarely-performed Symphony No. 2 by Kurt Weill, along with Paul Hindemith’s Cupid and Psyche, Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, and, as usual, some additional ROCO surprises.

This performance is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY.
 

LISTING INFO

WHAT: ROCO in Concert “To The Beat of a Different Drummer”
WHEN: September 22, 2017, 8pm
WHERE: Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
 

WHAT: ROCO in Concert “To The Beat of a Different Drummer”
WHEN: September 23, 2017, 5pm
WHERE: The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX 77019
 

TICKETS:       http://rocohouston.org/tickets/
LINK:               http://rocohouston.org/
PHOTO:         https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f5omwj9m8itldod/AAA89kHu1J5utxwaQky3o0Jia?dl=0

 

ABOUT ROCO

ROCO is a 40-piece professional chamber orchestra based in Houston, TX, with virtuosic musicians, conductors and composers from around the world who invite people into the ROCO experience through the language of music. ROCO presents unexpected classics, original compositions and delightful performances with the goal of increasing access for a multigenerational audience. In 12 seasons, ROCO has commissioned and world premiered 58 works with 9 more scheduled for Season 13 “Cultivate Curiosity!” and is regularly broadcast nationally on APM’s Performance Today.

Website: https://rocohouston.org
Public phone number: 713-665-2700
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rocohouston
Twitter: @rocohouston

 

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