The Pavilion’s Main Stage Lights Up Again

By: Ashley Gravois
| Published 09/25/2020

ROCO musicians began rehearsals at The Pavilion on Thursday, September 24, 2020, in preparation for their first livestream performance on Saturday, September 26.
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THE WOODLANDS, TX - The Pavilion’s Main Stage lights up again as ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) kicks off its In-Concert series live from The Pavilion Main Stage. Rehearsals began Thursday, September 24 with the live-stream concert this Saturday, September 26. The performance of Starburst will showcase the full 40-piece orchestra and will be conducted by ROCO Artistic Partner Mei-Ann Chen. The free event is fully virtual and can be viewed on ROCO’s social media channels or website, at www.roco.org/live.

"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 for our stage to have musicians making music again.” said Jerry MacDonald, President and CEO of The Pavilion. “This is a momentous occasion after a dark season due to COVID-19 and is a wonderful opportunity for us to broaden our 2020 performing arts offerings."

For more information about ROCO or the Starburst performance, please visit www.roco.org/performances/roco-in-concert-starburst.

If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit our website at www.woodlandscenter.org. Look for The Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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