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ROCO Announces New Concert Season
Graphic: ROCOThe University of St. Thomas and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra announce a series of chamber concerts featuring the ROCO String Quartet performing in UST’s Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St. Three concerts will be presented on Nov. 1, Feb. 21, and April 4.

ROCO is a professional chamber orchestra of 40 all-star musicians, distinguished guest conductors and composers who come together from all over the world to present engaging performances of classical and original compositions. Founded in 2005 by oboist, Alecia Lawyer, ROCO attests it is the most fun you can have with serious music.

The Nov. 1 concert, titled “The Americas: Impressions, Reflections, and Exploration,” features “Leyendas, An Andean Walkabout” by Gabriela Lena Frank, “Four for Tango” by Astor Piazolla and “Quartet no. 12 in F major, American” by Antonin Dvorak.

Violinists Evan Price and Ertan Torgul, cellist Eric Gaenslen and violist Rita Porfiris are the featured performers for the Nov. 1 concert.

Price has played with, arranged for and toured the world with Turtle Island String Quartet. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards for his work with the group.

Torgul is the associate concertmaster with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, a member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble and a founding member of both the SUONO Duo and Quinteto Quilombo, a Tango Quintet.

Gaenslen has performed with the renowned Rossetti String Quartet at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Berlin Konzerthous and at the Spoleto in Italy.
Porfiris is assistant professor of viola at The Hartt School, on the faculties at New York University, Texas Music Festival and ARIA Arts Academy. She is also the artistic director and co-founder of Musica da Camara Festival Eterna Primavera in Mexico and a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 students. Purchase tickets at or call 713-665-2700.

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