Poster ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra)
ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra), Houston, TX, photograph by Jeff Grass
Performance Today®

Reading the room

When orchestras work without a conductor, they read each other with eye contact and body language—they know and trust each other. On today's show, we'll take you to a concert in Houston to hear members of the ensemble ROCO play Dvorak's String Serenade...without a conductor.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155: III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivace
Wu Han, piano | Arnaud Sussmann, violin | Yeri Roh, violin | Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, viola | Sterling Elliott, cello
Album: Music@Menlo Live, Gather, Vol. 2

Quinn Mason: Reflection on a Memorial
Serafim Smigelskiy, cello | Alex Fortes, violin | Will Frampton, viola | Experiential Orchestra | James Blachly, conductor
Renewal: An Evening with Louise Toppin, DiMenna Center, New York City, NY

Francis Poulenc: Flute Sonata: Movement 2 Cantilena
Christina Smith, flute | Robert Spano, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Behind the Curtain virtual concert series, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA

Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22
Lucian & Nancy Morrison Theater at Brockman Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX

Hour 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 Movement 3 Rondeau: Allegro
Jasmine Choi, flute | members of Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Album: W.A. Mozart: 5 Quartets with Flute

Leonard Bernstein: Overture from "Candide"
WDR Radio Orchestra | Gordon Hamilton, conductor
Klaus von Bismarck Hall, WDR Broadcasting House, Cologne, Germany

Rebecca Clarke: Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola
Todd Palmer, clarinet | Ayane Kozasa, viola
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Natalie Zhu, piano | Juliette Kang, violin | Che-Hung Chen, viola | Thomas Kraines, cello
Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Barthelmes Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA

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