ROCO to Release Debut Album November 16

ROCO to Release Their Debut Album, Visions Take Flight, on innova Recordings, November 16, 2018

The album features six world premiere recordings, chosen by ROCO musicians from the ensemble’s 50+ commissions to date, by composers Karim Al-Zand, Reena Esmail, Derek Bermel, Anthony DiLorenzo, and Marcus Maroney

The sixth and final work on the record, Anthony DiLorenzo’s Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong, was commissioned to honor the resolve of the Houston community following the impact of Hurricane Harvey

Visions Take Flight was produced by GRAMMY®-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh and was conducted by Mei-Ann Chen

Houston's River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, called ROCO, is known for pushing the limits of the expected, bringing classical music into the mainstream by playing in unlikely spaces and collaborating with unlikely partners.
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For immediate release – Houston’s ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) will release their debut album, Visions Take Flight, with innova Recordings on November 16, 2018. Conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and produced by GRAMMY®-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh, the album features six works collectively chosen by ROCO’s musicians from the ensemble’s long list of commissions spanning their 14-year existence. 

Visions Take Flight includes Karim Al-Zand’s haunting Visions from Another World (2008), Reena Esmail’s pulsing, unpredictable Teen Murti (2013), Derek Bermel’s tender, 2015 commission Murmurations, Anthony DiLorenzo’s whimsical Jabberwocky (2014), and Marcus Maroney’s Bartók-inspired Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (2016).

The sixth and final work featured in the collection, Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong by Anthony DiLorenzo, was commissioned in 2017 in honor of Houston’s resolve following the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Composed in a week’s time and shared in various arrangements with other arts organizations throughout Houston, the work embodies the strength and resilience of ROCO’s home community. In an interview with Houston Public Media before the work’s premiere, Alecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Oboe for the ensemble said, “The idea is to create a thread of music tying us all together, illustrating the unity Houston has displayed in the past few weeks.” After experiencing major recording delays during this disaster, ROCO chose to complete their debut album with DiLorenzo’s powerful fanfare.

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Track Info

CD 1
Karim Al-Zand Visions from Another World
1. Ronde Fantastique
2. Funeral Cortége of the Silkworm
3. The Spinning Ballerina
Reena Esmail
4. Teen Murti for String Orchestra
Derek Bermel Murmurations
5. Gathering at Gretna Green
6. Gliding of Algiers
7. Swarming Rome

CD 2
Anthony DiLorenzo

1. Jabberwocky
Marcus Maroney Concerto for Chamber Orchestra
2. Epigraph
3. Variations
4. Ostinato
Anthony DiLorenzo
5. Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong

About ROCO

ROCO is a dynamic and innovative professional music ensemble that flexes from 1 to 40 players from all over the US and Canada, with guest artists from around the world. 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.

Expanding the repertoire, ROCO has premiered over 75 commissions from living American composers. ROCO embraces technology, with free worldwide concert live-streams and real-time artist commentary via a smartphone app, as well as on-demand recordings of past concerts via The Listening Room. A vital part of the community, ROCO concert DVDs are sent to nursing homes and hospitals to bring music to those immobile communities, and their music education/childcare program attracts multigenerational audiences.


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