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UST Hosts River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Concert Series

The University of St. Thomas and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) will host a new series of chamber concerts featuring the ROCO String Quartet in Cullen Hall at University of St. Thomas, 4001 Mt. Vernon. Three concerts will be presented this season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, Feb. 23 and April 12. This new series is another step in the University’s multi-year plan to establish a major performing arts center on the St. Thomas campus.

With the launch of 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. This 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

The first concert on Sept. 29, features violinists, CeCe Weinkauff and Kirsten Yon, violist and group leader, Suzanne LeFevre, and cellist, Richard Belcher. Weinkauff has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony and currently freelances and teaches in New York City. Yon is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she serves as associate professor of violin. LeFevre is a violist with ROCO, Houston Grand Opera, and Mercury Baroque, and affiliate professor of Viola at University of Houston. Belcher is ROCO principal cellist and a member of the Grammy-nominated Enso Quartet.

The Sept. 29 performance will feature:
Haydn, String Quartet no 81, op 77, No.1
Elena Ruehr, String Quartet no. 1, Movement 1, Patterns
Shostakovich, Quartet No. 11
Erwin Schulhoff, Five pieces for String Quartet 

Subscriptions for all three concerts are $50 general admission, $25 for students. Single ticket prices are $20 general admission, $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at or 713-665-2700.

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