Classical Music

ROCO And The Age Of Air

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra celebrates a major milestone with its 50th commissioned piece.

Cultures collide across the Pacific as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents their concert Pacific Crossings this Saturday evening. Featured on the concert is ROCO’s 50th commission: a piece for two shakuhachi (a Japanese wind instrument) and orchestra titled The Age of Air.

The composer, James Matheson, discussed the work with Houston Public Media’s Joshua Zinn. Matheson describes a sort of snowball effect in his thinking process as he pondered a title. First he considered the air blowing through the two featured shakuhachi… then the air through the woodwinds and brass of the ensemble… then the fact that sound waves are created with vibrating air… and on to the much broader topic of the air we breathe and are surrounded by and take for granted, a paradigm that is perhaps being diminished in this day and age.

Joshua Zinn with composer James Matheson in the studio.
Joshua Zinn with composer James Matheson in the studio.

Don’t miss this milestone commission as well as Vivian Fung’s Pizzicato and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3! The concert is Saturday, November 14th at 5 PM at the Church of St. John the Divine. Tickets and information can be found at the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s website.

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