buffalo bayou roco

A music scavenger hunt of sorts has sprouted up along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou.

ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra), an innovative professional music ensemble made up of players across the U.S. and Canada, has teamed up with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to allow visitors to explore the several miles of trails while listening to specific pieces of music that correlate with public art installations along the way. The event is designed to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the revitalization and transformation of Buffalo Bayou.


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We are so thrilled to announce ‘ROCO on Buffalo Bayou’ – our curated ‘virtual soundtrack’ in collaboration with the @buffalobayou Partnership, for the Buffalo Bayou trail system! ? Look for ROCO QR code signs posted at 40 stops along the trails – then just open up your mobile camera to scan the code, and you’ll be taken to a site-specific audio stream of a corresponding ROCO past performance, specially selected for each landmark or public art piece. Learn more and view the trail map (link in bio): http://bit.ly/ROCOBuffaloBayou Chosen from our 15 years of live performance recordings, the repertoire features a mix of pieces by historical and contemporary composers – including 13 of ROCO’s own commissioned world premiere works, seven pieces by female composers, and ten by composers of color. ? Can you complete the musical scavenger hunt? ? Get outdoors, share with others, and share your trail selfies with #ROCOBuffaloBayou! . . @houstonmoca @houstonartsalliance . #getoutside #getoutdoors #trails #buffalobayou #rocobuffalobayou #unexpectedart #publicart #livemusic #worldpremieres #commissions #curatedmusic #orchestra #chambermusic #classicalmusic #contemporaryclassical #exercise #scavengerhunt #trailbiking #park #houstontx #houstonarts

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“We can now physically weave our music through our community, providing a soundtrack for Houston,” said ROCO founder and artistic director Alecia Lawyer. “ROCO has always offered our recordings for free listening and now you can also enjoy the wonders of Buffalo Bayou while on a musical scavenger hunt.”

The music has been compiled from ROCO’s 15 years of live performances and includes a mix of pieces by historical and contemporary composers.

Visitors will simply scan a QR code on their smartphone to play the music, so make sure your smartphone is fully charged.

Visitors have plenty of time to take in this special feature. It runs now through Dec. 31. With 40 different musical sites along 12 miles of trails, that amount of time also allows visitors to pick a few spots each time they hit the trails.

Click here to see the full musical map with all the stops to explore along Buffalo Bayou.