ROCO’s (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) In Concert series, which showcases the full 40-piece orchestra in livestreamed performances, kicks off September 26, 2020, from The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Main Stage with Starburst. Sparkling with musical light and energy, the fully virtual, free live-streamed performance will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be conducted by ROCO Artistic Partner Mei-Ann Chen. Tune in and interact with the orchestra on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or their website, at

"What a gift to ROCO for us to be able to open our 16th season at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion! It isn't just that it is an outdoor theatre that will provide a safer environment for our musicians, but it is also a jewel of a venue and one of the special places where Houston's spirit shines best,” said Alecia Lawyer, ROCO Founder/Artistic Director/Principal Oboist. 

Conducted by ROCO’s Artistic Partner, Mei-Ann Chen, Starburst is built around a world premiere commission by composer and bandoneonist Richard Scofano, who will also be the featured soloist for the work. The symphonic poem, entitled La Tierra Sin Mal (translating to The Land Without Evil), is inspired by the mythology of the Guaraní people, and takes the form of a concerto for bandoneon (a Latin-American bellowed instrument) and orchestra. Starburst will also present works from Fauré, Debussy, and Sibelius, as well as more modern composers, including Jessie Montgomery’s piece Starburst, and the instrumental version of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque.

"We are excited to host ROCO at our venue for such an exciting performance,” said Jerry MacDonald, President and CEO of The Pavilion. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to broaden our performing arts offering in a fun and unique way and we hope everyone will join in to watch the livestream performance."

For more information about ROCO or the Starburst performance, please visit their websiite.