ROCO - Season 18 Opening Program
Place & Time
Miller Outdoor Theater
Houston TX USA
September 23, 2022

Family | In Concert

The Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation In Concert Series, traversing themes of Family, Fortune, Friends, and Future, begins with the season-opener Family, performed at Miller Outdoor Theater on September 23, and at The Church of St. John the Divine on September 24, followed that evening by the annual ROCO Revelry Gala at Porsche River Oaks.

Artistic Partner Mei-Ann Chen leads the orchestra in a program inspired by community, family, and hope, honoring Houston’s cultural diversity. Juan Pablo Contreras‘ Mariachitlán will take you to the colorful streets of the composer’s birthplace in Jalisco, Mexico, featuring a mariachi band, and the traditional Vietnamese folk song Bèo dạt mây trôi, tells the story of longing to be reunited with missing loved ones. Grammy-nominated guitarist Mak Grgic features as soloist in the world premiere of a ROCO-commissioned guitar concerto by Michael Abels (composer for the films NOPE, GET OUT, and US), echoing themes of strife and healing, and Ludwig van Beethoven‘s dramatic Symphony No. 5, nicknamed the “Fate Symphony,” reminds us that our fate can be in our own hands, encouraging us to write our own stories.

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