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Solo with symphony caps Myak’s music studies PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Monday, 06 May 2013 09:41
PERRYSBURG — Shortly after Rob Myak started playing cello, his teacher took him to hear the Toledo Symphony.
That concert, the Perrysburg High School senior said, inspired him to take his music studies more seriously.
On Friday, the results of that study will be on display when he will be featured as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in a  7:30 p.m. performance at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Community. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Call (419) 874-6502.
Myak will perform “Song of the Birds” by Pablo Casals.
Myak said he’s soloing with the symphony at the recommendation of Michael  Puppos, pastoral associate for Music and Liturgy at Blessed John.
Puppos explained: “I felt like it would be a great opportunity for him, and to showcase some of the talent we have in our parish.”
Myak’s talent has blossomed since he attended that concert seven years ago. He now studies with David Alan Harrell, of the Cleveland Orchestra, and performs with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra. He’s principal cellist with the Toledo Youth Symphony. He won that ensemble’s concerto competition as well as two Toledo Symphony League scholarships. He was the runner-up in the Cleveland Cello Society Competition.
Myak said he was excited to be playing with “the first orchestra I ever heard.” The experience represents “coming full circle” for him.
Achieving at that level takes hard work, and Myak expects it to pay off when he heads to Notre Dame University next year, even though he will not major in music.
Myak, the son of Gayle and Robert Myak, will major in biochemistry. He said he wasn’t particularly interested in science and math until his junior year when he took an AP chemistry course. The teacher, Kim Layden, made him see “how much of another world it is and how important it is to society. ... She spoke of how many different ways it could branch off into other fields.”
Myak plans to continue to study cello. “I’m going to practice every day,” he said  If nothing else it can help relieve that stress and serve as “an outlet for expression ... it is nice to have something like that.
“I have a deep love for cello. ... I always want to keep it in my life as a passion.” Still, he said, “to pursue it as a career choice wasn’t a viable option.”
The discipline developed in studying music has other benefits. “In music I have to practice really hard,” Myak said. “I have to aim for perfection even if I don’t attain it.  ... I’ve taken that practice room philosophy into other areas.”
The piece he will perform is a setting of a traditional Catalan song by legendary cellist Casals.
The orchestra’s program will also include opera and dance music by Gioachino Rossini, Johann Strauss, Arthur Honegger, as well as music by John Williams from the “Star Trek” films and “Jurassic Park.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Call the parish office at (419) 874-6502.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:36

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