River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s founder, artistic director, and principal oboist, Alecia Lawyer; and ROCO pianist Makiko Hirata present French chamber works that connect the music of Edgar Degas’s contemporaries to the art in the exhibition Degas: A New Vision. As Lawyer said, “Composers such as Émile Paladilhe (1844–1926) and Stanislav Verroust (1814–1863) wrote wonderful works that are not your ‘typical Impressionist music,’ and in that sense, they mirror Degas’s own resistance to being classified as an Impressionist.”


  • André Caplet, Reverie, 1897
  • Émile Paladilhe, Concertante, 1898
  • Stanislas Verroust, 3rd Solo de Concert, Op, 76, 1856

Drop in! This program is free with your admission to “Degas: A New Vision.” Camp stools are provided for seating. The performance takes place in the galleries of the exhibition.

About the Performers
Named by Musical America as one of classical music’s Top 30 Influencers for 2015, Alecia Lawyer founded River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in 2005. With its 40 dynamic, engaging and virtuosic professional musicians from around the nation and guest conductors from around the world, ROCO has been called “the most fun you can have with serious music.”

ROCO pianist Makiko Hirata has given recitals, lecture recitals, concerto performances, and children’s concerts in North and South America, Europe, and her native Japan in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, and Tanglewood Music Center. 

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; ExxonMobil; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Occidental Petroleum; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mr. and Mrs. Melbern G. Glasscock; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; Mr. William J. Hill; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.