The Houston-based, professional ensemble ROCO kicks off its 16th season in style on Friday, September 25th at 7:30 pm with the virtual gala ROCO Revelry – a unique, highly interactive, at-home event!

You’re invited to an evening of fellowship, fun, and shared musical experiences, including exclusive access to live performances by ROCO musicians, real-time conversations with the artists, and a delicious dinner delivered right to guests’ homes, enjoyed with friends old and new.

Led by co-chairs Leigh Smith and Kelley Lubanko, the event will honor John Bradshaw, Jr., a longtime advocate and supporter of ROCO and leader in Houston’s nonprofit community. The “Wildcatting in the Arts” award is presented annually to an artist who embodies ROCO’s fearless creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. ROCO is delighted to celebrate 2020 awardee Lauren Anderson – known for her artistry, vitality, and groundbreaking performances, paving the way as the first Black principal dancer of Houston Ballet, and continuing to inspire future generations of dancers today as an educator.

2020 Wildcatting in the Arts awardee Lauren Anderson.

For dinner, ROCO is thrilled to partner with one of Houston’s most dynamic chefs, Robert Del Grande, who has created a wonderful menu across three of the Berg Hospitality Group restaurants: The Annie Café & Bar, B&B Butchers & Restaurant, and B.B. Italia.  Prior to the event, attendees will have a selection of meals from the above restaurants to choose from, which will include a combination of ready-to-eat, heat-and-eat, and/or cook-at-home items and wine. On the day of the event, everything will be delivered to guests’ homes during a prearranged delivery time window. (Dinner delivery limited to the greater Houston area.)

Choose from a menu of selections created by Chef Robert Del Grande!

Unlike at a traditional in-person gala, attendees will be able to enjoy ROCO Revelry wherever is most comfortable, with an internet connection – be it at their dining room, living room, or even out by the pool! The evening will be a fully online, but live experience. Guests will be sent a link in advance to have access to the exclusive, interactive broadcast which will feature live sneak-peek performances of selections from ROCO’s season-opening concert, additional music from featured composer and bandoneon soloist Richard Scofano, live artist interaction and Q&A, and then time together in breakout over dinner with friends and with musicians of ROCO.

With music by composer and bandoneonist Richard Scofano.

Since their inaugural concert in 2005, ROCO has been a trailblazer in providing digital access to classical music, thriving on innovation. Already livestreaming concerts for seven years, ROCO is known for eliminating barriers in the concert hall. Technology enhances the relationship between musician and listener and continues the musical conversation with audiences, during and long after the performances.

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Come along with ROCO and bring your taste for adventure – in celebration of ROCO’s 2020-2021 season of energizing, modernizing, and personalizing your experience, shaping the future of classical music!


Visit the ROCO Revelry webpage to learn more and to purchase tickets: https://roco.org/revelry/

ROCO is a dynamic and innovative professional music ensemble based in Houston that flexes from 1 to 40 players from all over the US and Canada, with guest artists from around the world. Performing intimate concerts in dozens of venues, ROCO’s musicians don’t just give concerts – they challenge preconceptions, create extraordinary experiences, and foster new relationships with audiences through the language of music.

ROCO’s debut album, Visions Take Flight, was recognized for a GRAMMY® Award for Producer of the Year, Blanton Alspaugh. Widely recognized for diversity in programming, a recent study from the Institute for Composer Diversity found ROCO is the number one ensemble in the US for performing the works of women and number two for the works of composers of color. Additionally, ROCO has the third-highest number of commissions in the United States and has premiered nearly 100 commissions from living composers. ROCO embraces technology, with free worldwide concert livestreams and real-time artist commentary via a smartphone app, as well as on-demand recordings of past concerts via popular music streaming services. A vital part of the community, ROCO concert DVDs are sent to nursing homes and hospitals to bring music to those immobile communities, and their music education/childcare program attracts multigenerational audiences.