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Encore Houston, Episode 4: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents their conductorless concert from 2016, with some familiar classics and a world premiere!


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River Oaks Chamber Orchestra at the Church of St. John the Divine

On this week’s episode of Encore Houston, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra goes conductorless! Founded by oboist Alecia Lawyer in 2005, ROCO is a prominent part of Houston’s art music scene, and they also host a number of chamber music performances outside of their regular orchestral season. In this concert from February 2016, the orchestra follows the cue of concertmaster Scott St. John with an eclectic assortment of pieces like folk song-inspired works by Bartók and Vaughan Williams, a depiction of the morning by Haydn, and a world premiere from local composer Marcus Maroney.

  • BÉLA BARTÓK, Romanian Folk Dances
  • MARCUS MARONEY, Concerto for Orchestra
  • RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, The Lark Ascending
  • Encore: LOUIS THÉODORE GOUVY, Petite suite gauloise
  • FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN, Symphony No. 6 in D major, "Le matin"
  • Scott St. John, concertmaster
  • Performance date: 2/13/2016
  • Originally aired: 1/28/2017

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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