Wild Applause Great Season Start

After standing ovation, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra celebrates 11th season and Three Graces

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra celebrates 11th season and Three Graces

Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Aaron and Alison Moss, Alecia Lawyer, Andrés Cárdenes, Terrylin Neale
Aaron Moss, Alison Moss, Alecia Lawyer, Andrés Cárdenes, Terrylin Neale. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Cora Bess Meyer, Will Cannady
Cora Bess Meyer, Will Cannady. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Jenny Knight, Shino Hayashi
Jenny Knight, Shino Hayashi. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Mills Toomey, Alecia Lawyer, Steve Toomey
Mills Toomey, Alecia Lawyer, Steve Toomey. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Suzanne LeFevre, Scott and Betsy Baxter
Suzanne LeFevre, Scott Baxter, Betsy Baxter. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Jim Lawrence and Susan Blair
Jim Lawrence, Susan Blair. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Benjamin and Jennifer Fink
Benjamin Fink, Jennifer Fink. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Suzanne Lyons, Erik Grantor and Tammy Linn
Suzanne Lyons, Erik Grantor, Tammy Linn. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Sarah Sampson, Bill and Ellen Morris, Alann Sampson
Sarah Sampson, Bill Morris, Ellen Morris, Alann Sampson. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Kenneth and Jeannie Griffin
Kenneth Griffin, Jeannie Griffin. Photo by Dabfoto Creative/Paul R. Davis
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Aaron and Alison Moss, Alecia Lawyer, Andrés Cárdenes, Terrylin Neale
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Cora Bess Meyer, Will Cannady
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Jenny Knight, Shino Hayashi
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Mills Toomey, Alecia Lawyer, Steve Toomey
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Suzanne LeFevre, Scott and Betsy Baxter
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Jim Lawrence and Susan Blair
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Benjamin and Jennifer Fink
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Suzanne Lyons, Erik Grantor and Tammy Linn
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Sarah Sampson, Bill and Ellen Morris, Alann Sampson
Houston, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Gala, October 2015, Kenneth and Jeannie Griffin

From the rousing concert in St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, it was a quick jaunt up River Oaks Boulevard as fans of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) moved on to fully celebrate the launch of the group's 11th season.

Under the direction of guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes, the concert included the premiere of composer Rick Robinson’s “Gitcha Groove On,” ROCO’s 44th commission, made possible by NewMusicBox and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Music Alive Partnership Award. The concert ended with a standing ovation and lively applause.

So it was an energized throng — 40 musicians and 250 guests —who sat down for dinner in the River Oaks Country Club ballroom. Mills Toomey, on the arm of hubby Steve, chaired the four-course dinner evening.

ROCO founder, artistic director and principal oboe Alecia Lawyer and executive Eric Skelly introduced the evenings honorees — Anne Carsey, Suzanne Lyons and Fran Sampson. That industrious trio is affectionately referred to as "The Three Graces" for their efforts establishing the Founding Consortium, a group of more than 50 donors that underwrites five of the sponsored musician chairs.

ROCO fans attending included Leslie and Jack Blanton, Clare Glaasell, Cora Bess Meyer, Will Cannady, Mimi Lloyd, Sarah and Jeff McPharland, Amanda McMillian and Benjamin Holloway and Sara White. 

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