ROCO—“The Most Fun You Can Have With Serious Music!”

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, AND THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. | Nau Family Room, St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) is one of Houston’s gems.

Founded by Alecia Lawyer in 2005, ROCO has become a dynamic and innovative orchestra of 40 professional chamber musicians renowned for their interactions with both adult and younger audiences. Ms. Lawyer, a Juilliard trained oboist, brings together performers, composers, and conductors who come from around the United States to create new and invigorating approaches to music. ROCO performances are broadcast regularly to a nationwide audience on Performance Today and to Houston area audiences on KUHA Classical 91.7FM. The organization frequently commissions new works, one of which is a feature of its February 14 concert: Murmurations by Derek Bermel.

In the FEBRUARY 10 session, Ms. Lawyer will discuss ROCO’s beginnings and
the growth of its programming to include 38 annual concerts that provide
childcare and music education plus streaming to nursing homes and hospitals.

On FEBRUARY 12, she will take us behind the scenes to a rehearsal for ROCO’s
annual Conductorless Concert, which will take place on February 14. The
concert program includes Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, Dvorak’s Romance for Violin
and Orchestra
, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Bermel’s Murmurations.

Alecia L. Lawyer is the founder, artistic director, and principal oboist of
the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lawyer regularly presents her
entrepreneurial model and dynamic ideas to conservatories, universities, and
music festivals around the U.S. and speaks regularly on the creation, marketing,
and development of performing arts.

Tickets to the February 14, 2015, concert at 5:00 P.M. can be purchased at or by calling ROCO at 713-665-2700.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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