Join ROCO November 16 & 17 as we highlight women in the arts!

Join ROCO November 16 & 17 as we highlight women in the arts!

ROCO is excited to present a new event this season – Concert & Conversation, pairing panel discussion with short musical selections, in an in-depth exploration of topics of current interest. Join us Friday, November 16 for the first in a planned annual series, as we take a look at the current state and future of women’s roles and representation in the arts and cultural industries, with an all-star panel of accomplished women working in our city and beyond.

Panelists will include: Lauren Anderson of Houston Ballet, Christine West of Houston First, Fleurette Fernando of UH’s Masters in Arts Leadership program, Pia Agrawal of The Momentary at Crystal Bridges Museum, Mei-Ann Chen, conductor, and Heather Schmidt, composer. Selections from ROCO’s November 17th In Concert program Queen of Heartswill be performed by the full orchestra, featuring works all composed by women. Led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, the program will also include the world premiere of a commission from Heather Schmidt.

November 16, 2018 | 8:00pm

Midtown Arts &
Theater Center Houston
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX

ROCO’s In Concert series continues on November 17 with Queen of Hearts, featuring a rich, colorful program of works all written by female composers. With ROCO favorite Mei-Ann Chen at the podium, the orchestra will present a world premiere commission by Heather Schmidt – Solitaire, for solo violin and orchestra, showcasing ROCO concertmaster Scott St. John.

Also included in the evening are Anna Clyne’s haunting Within Her Arms for string orchestra, dedicated to the memory of her mother, and Ruth Gipps’s evocative Seascape for double wind quintet. To round out the program, Louise Farrenc’s bold, energetic Symphony No. 3 features, blending echoes of Beethoven and Mendelssohn to create a dramatic style all her own.  If you cannot join us in person for this performance, join us for the live webcast at

November 17, 2018 | 5:00pm

The Church of St. John the Divine
2450 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX

“You can’t copy anybody and end with anything.  If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.  No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.”

                                                                                            —–Billie Holiday