"Introducing the Orchestra" featuring TSL Young Artist Competition Winners

Special Event

St. John XXIII

January 24, 2020

Concert Time: 7:00 pm

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Todd Craven, conductor
Robert Clemens, narrator
Loa Cho, cello
Julia Masiker, bassoon
Owen Robinson, alto saxophone

Rimsky-Korsakov - Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden
Peck - The Thrill of the Orchestra
Glazunov - Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra
David - Concertino for Bassoon
Shostakovich - Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra - Allegretto
Wagner - The Ride of the Valkyries

Bring your friends and family to see all of the different instruments of the orchestra up close! Small groups of musicians will perform throughout St. John XXIII’s church then come together for a finale featuring Toledo Symphony League Young Artist Competition Winners and the full orchestra. Join us for a fun and interactive evening of music!

For tickets, call 419.246.8000.

Loa Cho, a 16 year-old senior at Maumee Valley Country Day School, has been playing cello for 10 years. She has been performing at various institutes including Cellofest in London, Young Artists Program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, the National Cello Institute in LA, Indiana University's Summer String Academy, and Meadowmount School of Music. Loa was one of the winners of the Cleveland Cello Society Competition, MTNA's Buckeye Audition, and Toledo Symphony’s Director’s Award. She is also an avid chamber music performer, featured in live performances on WGTE and WTOL, and organizing performances at various local venues. Her previous teachers include Renee Goubeaux, Renè Schiffer, Horacio Contreras, Alan Smith, and Julia Lichten. She currently studies with Amir Eldan. Her free time priority goes to writing in her journal, dancing like crazy, and riding horses. She does not know what to become yet, but wants to do something to make the world a place where altruistic people do not become extinct.

Bassoonist Julia Masiker is currently a junior at Toledo School for the Arts where she is a member of their Studio Winds group and Chamber Winds Ensemble.

Now in her second year as principal bassoonist with the Toledo Symphony Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Julia has been playing her instrument for three years now.  She studies privately with Casey Gsell and enjoys performing both solos and group ensembles.  

Last year she was chosen for the Toledo Symphony's Music Director Scholarship and this year will be performing a solo with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as one of the winners of the Young Artist Competition.

She lives with her family in Waterville, Ohio and also enjoys making jewelry and painting.

Owen Robinson is delighted to make his debut as a soloist playing one of his favorite pieces of music, Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto in E Flat Major for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra. Owen is a senior at Sylvania Southview High School where he is both a squad and section leader in the Southview Band. Active for many years in OMEA, Owen is one of two students selected to play Tenor Saxophone in the OMEA All-State Jazz Band this year. Previously, he was selected First Chair Alto Saxophone, and First Chair Baritone Saxophone for OMEA Districts. He has received superior ratings on the works of Glazunov and Corigliano, among others. Owen is currently Principal Clarinet of the TSYO Symphonic Orchestra. During this academic year, Owen is auditioning for several major saxophone studios and plans to begin work on a degree in saxophone performance next year. His ultimate goal is to become a music professor and head a well-regarded saxophone studio at a large state university. Owen is especially grateful to the Toledo Symphony League for this amazing opportunity in his musical development.

Emerging conductor Todd Craven is the recent First Prize winner of the Los Angeles Conducting Competition and Co-founder and Music Director of the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. Todd has served as Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, cover conductor and preconcert lecturer for the Detroit Symphony and Music Director of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra. He began his professional career as Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Orchestra and was a frequent guest artist at the Sarasota Music Festival. Todd stepped in on short notice as guest conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and was an assistant conductor and competition winner at the Miami Music Festival where he conducted at the New World Center in Miami Beach. Todd’s upcoming engagements include debuts at the Florida Grand Opera in their production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and with the Virginia Symphony in their new Sensory Awareness concert series for children struggling with autism. Todd’s conducting mentors include Marin Alsop, Larry Rachleff and JoAnn Falletta. He holds a Graduate Performers Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory and Master of Music from Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

Robert Clemens began his music education at the age of nine in Lima, Ohio. He began his private studies a year later, and performed his first public performance at the age of twelve.

Mr. Clemens majored in Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University, where his performances spanned musical styles from Pre-Baroque to Jazz, experimental, and electronic. He is a strong advocate of 'cross-cultural' musical experiences—particularly stringed-instrument improvisation, and has performed as a Rock and Jazz soloist with the Toledo Symphony.

He began his relationship with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1986. Over the years, he has broadened his role within the organization, by assuming a variety of responsibilities. In addition to his performances in the cello section, he has served terms on the both the Orchestra Committee and the Artistic Advisory Committee, performed as a member of the Toledo Symphony's String Quartet and Chamber Players, and has been featured as a soloist at TSO Masterworks, Family, Regional and Neighborhood Concerts. In past years, he has also appeared as a guest speaker on behalf of the TSO at various functions. Deeply committed to education, he has maintained a private teaching studio for more than three decades. He, has participated as an instructor in the Symphony's Educational Outreach Program, and has appeared regularly as Narrator and Host of the Symphony's Young People's Concert series.

When he is not performing as a representative of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Clemens can be found performing with Michigan Opera Theater (Detroit), The Cassini Ensemble (Ann Arbor), The Chicago Cello Quartet, and as solist with various orchestras in this region.

Robert Clemens makes his home in West Toledo with GeorgAnn (his wife of 35 years). In his "spare time," he enjoys playing Jazz and Rock&Roll on his cello, canoeing, backcountry camping, outdoor/wildlife photography, decoy carving, and the Cleveland Browns.

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