Making Beautiful Music

Music composed in honor of one of the city's greatest philanthropists wins applause at gala

Gala highlights music composed for generous Houston philanthropist

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16,
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra musicians. Photo by dabphoto
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Richard Mithoff, Ginni Mithoff, Alecia Lawyer
Richard Mithoff, Ginni Mithoff, Alecia Lawyer. Photo by dabphoto
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Margaret Alkek Williams
Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams. Photo by dabphoto
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Tony Pfeiffer, connie Pfeiffer, Ruth Kronowitz, Steven Kronowitz
 Tony Pfeiffer, Connie Pfeiffer, Ruth Kronowitz, Steven Kronowitz. Photo by Jeff Grass Photography
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Beverly Colt, Debra Fischer, Betsy Baxter
Beverly Colt, Debra Fischer, Betsy Baxter. Photo by Jeff Grass Photography
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16,
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Richard Mithoff, Ginni Mithoff, Alecia Lawyer
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Margaret Alkek Williams
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Tony Pfeiffer, connie Pfeiffer, Ruth Kronowitz, Steven Kronowitz
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra gala, 9/16, Beverly Colt, Debra Fischer, Betsy Baxter

What: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra "ROCO on the ROCCs."

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: Following the orchestra's season opening concert at the Church of St. John the Divine, the well-heeled group retired to the country club for a seated dinner and a very special performance. Long-time ROCO supporter Margaret Alkek Williams was honored not only by the guests but also by orchestra members who performed "Margaret's Imagination March," a fanfare commissioned by ROCO and composed by Anthony DiLorenzo in the philanthropist's honor.

The fundraiser was chaired by Ginni and Richard Mithoff.

Who: ROCO founder, artistic director and principal oboe Alecia Lawyer, ROCO executive director Eric Skelly, guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, Randa and Charles Williams, Joella and Steve Mach, Clare Glassell, Suzan and Julius Glickman, John Bradshaw Jr., Paula and Jeff Paine, Renee Davis, Carolyn and Steve Mafrige, Joni Baird, and Patte and Paul Comstock.

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