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A.D. Players And ROCO Celebrate Their Seasons With Milestones, World Premieres And Hope

From a “Season of Hope” to a “Time for Hope,” theater company A.D. Players and chamber orchestra ROCO weave stories of love, courage and strength into their season-opening World Premieres.


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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse chats with Jake Speck, Executive Director of A.D. Players. The Christian-based theater company opens its 2019-20 Season of Hope with The Hiding Place. A World Premiere adaptation by A.S. Peterson, the play is based on the true story of Corrie ten Boom, who was active in the Dutch underground, hiding Jews during World War II.

Then, Catherine Lu interviews Alecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboe of ROCO. The orchestra's milestone 15th Season, Coming of Age, features a record-breaking 21 World Premieres. First up is Lisa Bielawa’s Centuries in the Hours, in the season-opening concert, Time for Hope. Written for mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, who has been blind from birth, the orchestral song cycle is based on diary entries of historically invisible American women from centuries past.

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Music used: Opening Theme to The Hiding Place (1975 film) and Murmurations by Derek Bermel from ROCO's Visions Take Flight


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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

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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