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ROCO And WindSync Present The Texas Premiere Of Michael Gilbertson’s “Cosmos”

ROCO’s next concert features an off-stage wind quintet moving through space.

Commissioned by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and WindSync, Cosmos is new concerto for wind quintet and orchestra by young American composer Michael Gilbertson. But there’s a twist.

The five wind soloists will not be standing on-stage but rather moving through the concert space during its performance. 

“In the first movement, ‘Nebula,’ we start spread out, and we come together by the end, kind of as a coalescing star… It’s such an interesting exploration of sound mixing because when we’re together, the sound mixes right there.  But when we’re apart it mixes antiphonally so you can hear scattered bits,” says WindSync’s hornist Anni Hochhalter about the special visual and audio experience of being in the audience for this piece.

ROCO presents the Texas Premiere of Gilbertson’s Cosmos, featuring WindSync, on the program Space: The Final Playground, which also includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 6, Vilém Tauský’s Coventry and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Elegía Andina.

Hear more about the commissioning of Cosmos, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to perform such a unique work, in my interview with ROCO’s Alecia Lawyer (Founder, Artistic Director & Principal Oboist) and WindSync’s Anni Hochhalter.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents the program, Space: The Final Playground, on Friday, November 18, 7:30m at The Woodlands United Methodist Church and Saturday, November 19, 5pm at The Church of St. John the Divine.

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Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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