ROCO is a dynamic and innovative professional chamber music ensemble in residence at Sjd that flexes from 1 to 40 players from all over the US and Canada, with guest artists from around the world. Expanding the repertoire, ROCO has premiered over 75 commissions from living, American composers. Performing intimate concerts in dozens of venues, ROCO’s musicians don’t just give concerts – they challenge preconceptions, create extraordinary experiences, and foster new relationships with audiences through the language of music.

 ROCO's 15th season, entitled "Coming of Age", showcases four concerts at St. John the Divine. New pieces include a a world premiere by Lisa Bielawa sung by mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin; a tribute to Alma Rose, niece of Gustav Mahler and conductor of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz; a new concerto by Kevin Lau for the Erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument; and many more.

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Saturday, September 28, 5:00 pm
"Time for Hope"

ROCO’s In Concert series, which showcases the full 40-piece orchestra, kicks off with a concert built around a world premiere by Lisa Bielawa entitled “Centuries in the Hours”, sung by mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. The text for the conductorless work comes from a collection of personal writings by American women of the 18th-20th centuries whose life circumstances rendered them historically invisible. The concert also highlights ROCO’s first-ever Artistic Partner, conductor Mei-Ann Chen, who will be returning each season for spirited collaborations. Chen will lead the orchestra in works by local Houston composer Alejandro Basulto, as well as Franz Joseph Haydn and Judith Shatin, whose piece will be accompanied by photos by Libbie Masterson.

Saturday, November 16, 5:00 pm
"Hope for Beauty"

ROCO's second concert features the premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s full chamber orchestra piece I Too Bleed, and Hope for Beauty, which is a tribute both to Alma Rose, niece of Gustav Mahler and conductor of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz, and to the enduring power of music, which, even in the worst circumstances imaginable, offers hope and beauty. Alastair Willis returns to ROCO as conductor, also leading additional works by Edward Elgar, Giya Kancheli, and Manuel de Falla.

Saturday, February 8, 5:00 pm
"Beauty is in the Eye"

ROCO’s In Concert series continues with “Beauty is in the Eye” on February 8, 2020. The performance features the premiere of a new concerto by Kevin Lau for the Erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument. The concerto will be performed by Andy Lin and conducted by Christopher Rountree, who will be making his ROCO debut. Also featured will be William Grant Still’s tone poem “Darker America”, exploring themes of sorrow, hope, and prayer, plus works by Missy Mazzoli, Jean-Féry Rebel, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Saturday, May 2, 5:00 pm
"Eye of the World"

ROCO’s In Concert series concludes with a performance conducted by Shi-Yeon Sung, who is making her ROCO debut. Featured pieces include the premiere of a duo concertante for flute and viola d’amore by Marcus Maroney, written for ROCO husband and wife musicians Matthew Dane and Christina Jennings, as well as Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Milhaud’s “La création do monde”.