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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.

  • A.D. Players' "The Hiding Place" and ROCO in concert (Photo Credit: A.D. Players and Blueprint Film Co.)
    A.D. Players' "The Hiding Place" and ROCO in concert (Photo Credit: A.D. Players and Blueprint Film Co.)
  • A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
    A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
  • A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
    A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
  • A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
    A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
  • A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
    A.D. Players' World Premiere production of "The Hiding Place" runs September 11 - October 6. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
  • Jake Speck, Executive Director of A.D. Players (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
    Jake Speck, Executive Director of A.D. Players (Photo Credit: Courtesy of A.D. Players)
  • ROCO in concert at The Church of St. John the Divine (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
    ROCO in concert at The Church of St. John the Divine (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
  • Alecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director & Principal Oboe, ROCO (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
    Alecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director & Principal Oboe, ROCO (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
  • Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin will perform Lisa Bielawa's "Centuries in the Hours" with ROCO on September 27 and 28. (Photo Credit: Cadenza Artists)
    Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin will perform Lisa Bielawa's "Centuries in the Hours" with ROCO on September 27 and 28. (Photo Credit: Cadenza Artists)
  • Composer Lisa Bielawa wrote "Centuries in the Hours" for ROCO and mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. (Photo Credit: Carlin Ma)
    Composer Lisa Bielawa wrote "Centuries in the Hours" for ROCO and mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. (Photo Credit: Carlin Ma)
  • "Beer & Brass" is part of ROCO's Connections concert series and will be held on January 9, 2020 at St. Arnold's Brewery. (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
    "Beer & Brass" is part of ROCO's Connections concert series and will be held on January 9, 2020 at St. Arnold's Brewery. (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
  • ROCO at Rienzi is part of the Connections concert series and will be held on January 30, 2020, featuring the program "Age of Aquarius" with music of the '70s - 1770s, 1870s and 1970s, that is. (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
    ROCO at Rienzi is part of the Connections concert series and will be held on January 30, 2020, featuring the program "Age of Aquarius" with music of the '70s - 1770s, 1870s and 1970s, that is. (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
  • ROCO has performed "Peter and The Wolf" each year on its Connections concert series. This season puts a twist on the tradition by offering "Peter and The Raptor" at the Houston Museum of National Science on January 11, 2020. (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)
    ROCO has performed "Peter and The Wolf" each year on its Connections concert series. This season puts a twist on the tradition by offering "Peter and The Raptor" at the Houston Museum of National Science on January 11, 2020. (Photo Credit: Blueprint Film Co.)

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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

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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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