Shepherd School to host annual Family Concert Jan. 20

Rice University
Office of Public Affairs / News & Media Relations


David Ruth

Amy McCaig

Shepherd School to host annual Family Concert Jan. 20

HOUSTON – (Jan. 12, 2018) – Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will host its annual Family Concert Jan. 20. The annual event, hosted by The Shepherd Society, will take place in Alice Pratt Brown Hall and will feature the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, with violin soloist Boson Mo, a Shepherd School doctoral student.

The orchestra will be under the direction of Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting, with Rachel Buchman, head of Young Children’s Division of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program, serving as narrator.

Attendees will be able to meet members of the orchestra, see and hear orchestral instruments up close and find out what a concerto really is. Instrument demonstrations will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Grand Foyer, followed by the concert at 11 a.m. in Stude Concert Hall.

Buchman said that Brahms’ only violin concerto is beloved for its “gorgeous melodies and Hungarian-influenced rhythms. Every child who plays the violin, or dreams of playing the violin will be inspired by this performance.”

The event is free and open to the public and is recommended for ages 6 and older. No tickets are required. For the best seating, patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

The Shepherd Society is the giving society for the Shepherd School. Members provide important scholarship support for the talented young musicians at the school. For more information, call 713-348-3492, email or visit

West Lot 2 is now the parking lot for all Alice Pratt Brown Hall/Shepherd School of Music events, due to closure of the parking lot across from Alice Pratt Brown Hall for construction of a new music building. The easiest way to access West Lot 2 is to enter campus from Entrance 18 off Rice Boulevard and turn right at the parking gates to the lot. For visitors with disabilities, accessible parking is available at the south end of the lot. This is the closest lot to a temporary sidewalk that services the west entrance to the Grand Foyer of Alice Pratt Brown Hall.


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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.