This summer, we have planned a very special event in honor of our 100th year: Day of Music on July 13, 2013! This FREE 12-hour festival will showcase Houston’s diverse musical landscape. Attendees will spend the day at Jones Hall listening to dozens of free performances, beginning with a family concert in the morning and ending with a concert of favorite symphonic works in the evening. In between, on several different stages jazz groups, rock and blues bands, ethnic ensembles, choral ensembles and classical music groups will fill the air with a diverse range of sounds. Plus, attendees will have the chance to sample some of Houston’s finest food truck fare next door at Jones Plaza at The Day of Music Food Truck Fair, sponsored by Houston First. Leading up to the event, we will post several stories by our participating artists so that you can have a chance to learn some background information on the music you’ll be hearing at the festival!
Featured Artists: The ROCO Brass Quintet
Called “an inspiration and one of the most successful entrepreneurial projects in classical music,” by American music critic and composer Greg Sandow, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra founded in 2005 by principal oboist Alecia Lawyer. With a core of 40 local and national professional musicians, “ROCO” has made a name for itself in Houston and beyond as a chamber orchestra whose performances are “the most fun you can have with serious music.”
Our 2013-2014 season includes main concerts featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists, “family friendly” concerts that include childcare and a late-afternoon start time, chamber concerts with wine, art and music pairings, and of course, great music! ROCO regularly features chamber ensembles drawn from within the full 40-piece chamber orchestra.
The ROCO Brass Quintet is one such group that has established its own fan following and a full season of performances in addition to ROCO main concerts. We invite you to get to know some of the most talented musicians in the world and to share in the musical jole e vivre that flows between musicians and audience at every ROCO concert. Listen to ROCO concerts rebroadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today and locally on Classical 91.7 KUHA Radio. Better yet, come to a concert and see for yourself why ROCO is “the most fun you can have with serious music.”
To learn more about River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, visit www.rocohouston.org
The ROCO Brass Quintet will perform at 7:00 p.m. at the front lobby stages.