Thursday, November 12, 2009

User-Friendly Classical Music

Read Nancy Wozny's entertaining article about being a classical music newbie:

Oh, and she has wonderful things to say about ROCO!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kana Kimura in solo concert, Nov 22

ROCO violinist, Kana Kimura, will present a solo concert on Sunday afternoon, November 22, at 2:15pm, at The Recital Room at Dowling Music, 2615 Southwest Freeway at Kirby Drive.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Kana Kimura, moved with her family to Edmonton, Alberta and began her musical studies at the age of four. She completed her undergraduate work at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music under Roland and Almita Vamos and continued her violin studies at the University of Houston under the guidance of Fredell Lack. She has participated in such prestigious music festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival. In addition to playing with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Kana maintains a private studio of over twenty young students.

This recital is just one in a series this season. Dowling Music and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra have teamed up to feature ROCO musicians in monthly solo concerts at the beautiful new 100-seat Recital Room inside Dowling Music, at 2615 Southwest Freeway at Kirby Drive (2nd floor). All performances are on Sunday afternoons, at 2:15. Admission is free, and families are welcome.
View the full schedule here:
Read more about Kana here:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ROCO Wine and Music Tasting, November 10th

Great music, fine wine and good company – that’s “ROCO company,” or ROCOco. ROCO hosts several “music tastings” each season. These popular events are held in wine cellars or tasting rooms, feature individual ROCO soloists, and pair music with wine or beer and food in a lively, intimate setting.

On November 10th, we’ll feature principal cellist, Richard Belcher, along with French Burgundy wines.  New Zealand cellist Richard Belcher has performed across the USA and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Richard moved to Houston in 2004 and became ROCO principal cellist at the beginning of the chamber orchestra’s 2009-2010 season.

Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended!

ROCOco “Cello and French Burgundy Wines” Music Tasting
  • Tue, Nov 10, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
    at The Tasting Room at Uptown Park
    1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd
    Houston, TX 77056
This event is generously sponsored by The Tasting Room.

ROCO on KUHF The Front Row

Conductor Joel Smirnoff, ROCO Concertmaster Brian Lewis, and Executive Director and Founder Alecia Lawyer joined KUHF's St. John Flynn in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview session of the 5th Season Opener on October 9, 2009.

Click here to listen to the interview