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Sunday, March 12, 2017 3:00 pm                             Valley Forge High School 
                                                                                       Parma Hts., Ohio  

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights. 

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children.  All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 PM.

Baldwin Wallace University Professor Emeritus Loris Ohannes Chobanian will conduct Parma Symphony in the World Premiere of his composition "ANI - CITY OF 1000 CURCHES for String Orchestra, Piano and Timpani". 

Also on the program will be Chobanian's four AESOP'S FABLES:  The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Dog Who Saw His Shadow, The Fox and the Grapes, and A Man His Son and His Donkey. The composer will present the narration.  

The rest of the program, conducted by Maestro Laycock will include Tchaikovsky's Symphonic Poem "Francesca da Rimini" and Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 1" with Tomasz Robak, as piano soloist.  

About the artist:  Polish-American artist Tomasz Robak is a concert pianist, chamber musician, organist, and educator. Through his versatile skills in multiple areas, he continues the age-old European tradition of the "complete musician".  His achievements as a pianist include concerto appearances with the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra.

He has been heard in solo recitals across the United States, in Baltimore, Austin, Chicago, and Memphis, as well as on radio at WFMT-Chicago and WKNO-Memphis. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he most recently performed in five concerts at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, a festival promoting emerging composers and music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Mr. Robak has also had a long-standing involvement in music ministry, and has worked as an organist for churches in Chicago, Houston and Baltimore. As an organ performer, he has collaborated with the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Peabody Singers. His performance of Kodaly’s Missa Brevis with the Peabody Singers has been broadcast on Baltimore’s WBJC. Since April 2014, he has been serving as Organist and Associate Choirmaster at historic Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore. Mr. Robak holds the Associateship of the American Guild of Organists.  In addition to performing, Mr. Robak is a passionate educator. He is a member of the piano faculty at the Peabody Preparatory, is in his fourth year serving as a Graduate Assistant in Keyboard Studies at the Peabody Conservatory, and also works for the Baltimore Children’s Choir as its Associate Director. 

Mr. Robak has received scholarships from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish American Arts Association of Washington, DC. In 2013, he took Second Prize at the International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis. In recognition of his achievements in organ playing, in 2016 he was awarded the Richard Ross Memorial Prize in Organ at the Peabody Institute.  Mr. Robak completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in both piano and philosophy, and a Distinction in Creative Works and Research. He completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Peabody Institute, where he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His principal teachers have been Dr. Robert Roux, Benjamin Pasternack, Alexander Shtarkman (piano) and Donald Sutherland (organ). He has also participated in a host of masterclasses with renowned pianists including Eteri Andjaparidze, Leon Fleisher, Andrzej Jasinski, Julian Martin, John Perry, and others. 

The orchestra, in it’s 48th season consists of 75 members of all walks of life from all over the entire Greater Cleveland area.  They meet weekly for rehearsals and present at least four concerts annually.

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  Family passes of $20 are available for families of up to 2 adults and their children.  All tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 PM.

The Parma Symphony Orchestra is a self-supporting community orchestra in cooperation with the Parma City Schools.  For more information can be found on Facebook, web-site www.parmasymphony.org or calling Business Manager Joe Germana 440-882-2012.

Dr. Randolph P. Laycock is in his 41st year as Music Director of the Parma Symphony Orchestra.  He is also the conductor of the Baldwin-Wallace College Junior and Senior Youth Orchestras.  He retired as the conductor of the Valley Forge High School Orchestra in 2014 and had been the Department Head for the Cluster Schools in the Parma City School District.  He is also adjunct professor of music history and theory at Cuyahoga Community College.   Dr. Laycock earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Case-Western Reserve University, Master of Music Education from Bowling Green State University and completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Baldwin-Wallace College.  Dr. Laycock has been included in six editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and is listed in the 53th edition of Who’s Who in America.  He has been an active consultant for the Ohio Department of Education as a Praxis III assessor.