For Immediate Release - New York, NY - Unison Media's acclaimed concert series The Crypt Sessions continues its third season on October 18, with the NYC chamber music debut of Houston’s ROCO, an ensemble that flexes in size from 1 to 40 players based on the type of performance - whether it be as a brass quintet in a brewery, a theatrical version of Peter and the Wolf in a zoo, or as a 40-piece chamber orchestra in a concert hall.
ROCO has premiered over 75 commissions from living American composers, and for their Crypt Sessions, an ensemble of five musicians will perform a program made up of New York premieres of works by Reena Esmail, Alyssa Morris, Erberk Eryilmaz, Kevin Lau, and Heather Schmidt, as well as Anthony DiLorenzo’s Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong, a piece commissioned in response to the city’s resilience in the face of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.
One of the most forward-thinking groups in America, ROCO will be presenting a female composer, soloist, and/or conductor on every concert during their 2018-19 season. The group’s groundbreaking ROCOrooters initiative offers childcare during concerts, with children receiving a music lesson, pizza, and a movie, while parents enjoy the concert and dinner. They have pioneered live-streaming their concerts, and were the first to incorporate live program notes for performances via a smartphone app.
ROCO will also release their first commercial album, Visions Take Flight, November 16 on innova Recordings, featuring six world premiere recordings of ROCO-commissioned works by Karim Al-Zand, Reena Esmail, Derek Bermel, Anthony DiLorenzo, and Marcus Maroney.
All proceeds from ticket sales of The Crypt Sessions are donated to the Church of the Intercession, where the Crypt is located.
The Crypt Sessions will once again be made possible by the extraordinarily generous sponsorship of Yamaha, who provide their wonderful pianos for the performances.
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