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ROCO Musicians Bring Drive-By Lawn Concerts Around Houston

Give a honk or come outside if you hear the music.

The ROCO mobile will lead a caravan of musicians through Houston, making stops for lawn concerts.

If you hear music in the streets this weekend, it just might be the “AmBRASSadors.”

The chamber orchestra ROCO is sending its Brass Quintet into Houston neighborhoods to perform mini-concerts in the driveways and lawns of ten patrons.

Cars will be caravanning through the city to bring live music in a safe, socially-distanced way this evening from 5 – 7pm and tomorrow from 2 – 4pm.

In this COVID-19 era, it’s a way to maintain connection and, as the group says, to thank the community for the orchestra’s past 15 years. 

The ROCO Brass Quintet

Patrons have invited family and neighbors to enjoy the outdoor pop-up concerts, and the public is encouraged to come outside if they hear music in their neighborhood.

“See us driving by with our shoe-polished cars, perhaps honk and smile a little and know we are constantly thinking of more ways to share our music,” said Alecia Lawyer, founder, artistic director and principal oboe.

Leaving from St. John the Divine Church, the route will wind through The Heights and Memorial area to the Upper Kirby district, Medical Center and West University.

Look for the caravan led by Lawyer’s decorated Lincoln Navigator with custom plates, known as the “ROCO mobile.”

The orchestra also offers a variety of virtual programming, including an online Listening Room, Facebook Live discussions and virtual concerts curated from its extensive archive of live-streamed performances.

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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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