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ROCO String Quartet Performs at UST

Logo: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and University of St. Thomas are pleased to present the second in a series of chamber concerts featuring the ROCO String Quartet Chamber Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon.

This series, also in collaboration with CultureMap, is another way UST is working with the arts community as it moves forward with a plan to establish a major Performing Arts Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The performance “The Americas: Impressions, Reflections, and Exploration” will delve into the program “London & England: Its Composers and Its Influence.” The program will feature:

• Ralph Vaughan Williams String Quartet in A minor

• Benjamin Britten A Phantasy for Oboe and String Quartet

• Joseph Haydn String Quartet Op.74, No. 3

• Two pieces based on traditional English folksongs by Frank Bridge

• Plus a surprise or two!

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. Additional information and tickets are available at Also, a pre-concert reception will be at 7 p.m.

About the ROCO String Quartet

Through this String Quartet series, ROCO is featuring chamber ensembles drawn from within the full 40-piece chamber orchestra. Chamber music has been called “music among friends” because of its intimate nature. The series allows ROCO to expand relationships among musicians, with composers and with the audience by presenting musical conversations that include contemporary as well as classic repertoire.

Performing with the ROCO String Quartet will be violinists Ellen de Pasquale and Evan Price, violist Suzanne LeFevre, cellist Richard Belcher, and special guest, oboist Alecia Lawyer. Each is an accomplished artist-performer.

Widely acclaimed for the beauty of her playing and refined musicianship, Ellen de Pasquale is a regular guest at leading music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, as well as an active recitalist and chamber musician.

Evan Price is steadily gaining recognition as one of the world's most confident voices in extra-classical string. Playing at age 24, Price joined the world-renowned Turtle Island String Quartet. For the next 10 years, he played with, arranged music for and toured the world with Turtle Island, he and is the recipient of two GRAMMY® awards for his work with the group.

Suzanne LeFevre is a violist with ROCO, Houston Grand Opera, Mercury Baroque and an affiliate artist at University of Houston. Suzanne is personnel manager for ROCO and artistic director of the ROCO String Quartet.

New Zealand cellist, Richard Belcher has performed as a chamber musician and in solo settings across the United States and internationally. He is cellist with the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, of which he is a founding member and principal cellist with ROCO.

Oboist, Alecia Lawyer is ROCO’s founder, serves as artistic and executive director, and performs as principal oboist of ROCO. In addition, she solos with area orchestras and is an oboist with the contemporary composers group Musiqa in Houston.

About ROCO

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 is the most fun you can have with serious

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