Alecia Lawyer, oboe
Richard Belcher, cello
Mei Rui, piano
It was an honor for ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) to partner with Holocaust Museum Houston, marking the new expansion of their campus, for “We Were the Music” – a multimedia-enhanced chamber concert featuring the world premieres of two ROCO commissions by Bruce Adolphe, part of his season triptych as Composer-In-Residence, in tribute to women musicians of the Holocaust.
Dedicated to Holocaust survivors Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Alice Herz-Sommer, We Were the Music and Music Is a Dream by Bruce Adolphe were joined on the program by the music of Paul Hindemith, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Frederic Chopin, plus a rare, unpublished work by Italian composer and teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The premiere of the next commission in ROCO’s FIFteen Project, S’brent by Houston composer Isabelle Ganz, rounded out the evening.
Featured ROCO musicians were founder, artistic director and principal oboist Alecia Lawyer; principal cellist Richard Belcher; and pianist Mei Rui.
This concert was recorded live March 5, 2020, at Holocaust Museum Houston, by Blueprint Film Co.
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