Meet the Maestro

Dr. Robert Tomaro

 

SYMPHONIC CONDUCTOR

Robert Tomaro is currently Music Director of the Beloit Janesville Symphony in Beloit, Wisconsin. He had produced numerous CD's with the BJSO. Previously, he served as Music Director of the Elysian Symphony Orchestra. 

 

A graduate of Northwestern University and New York University, he recieved a Masters Degree and a Ph. D. in composition while serving as Music Director of the New York University Orchestra. He subsequently served on the faculties of St. John University in New York and rutgers University in New Jersey. Currently, he is a Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he holds the Shogren Family Conducting Chair.

 

Robert Tomaro  is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor societies in education and music education, and a winner of the  New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship Award for Symphonic Composition. In 1991, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the association Nationale de Musique de Chambre in Paris, France.

 

In 1996, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for conducting the recording of the Emmy Award winning score for the Los Angeles Marathon. 

 

His articles on music and contemporary composers have been published in The Groves Dictionary of Music in London.  The Journal of New Music research in The Netherlands and several domestic periodicals including The Instrumentalist and Band and Orchestra Magazine.

 

In adition to his symphonic conducting career, Dr. Tomaro is a composer and jazz guitarist. 

 

He is a recording artist  is both a composter and conductor for MMC and Capstone Records. His recent CD with The London Symphony (MMC 2085) has just been released to excellent reviews. It features two of his own works as well as his vibrant interpretation of Copland's Symphony No. 3.. In addition to his symphonic compositions, Dr. Tomaro has composed extensively for film, theater, jazz ensemble, ballet and modern dance.

 

Robert Tomaro is a former student of legendary Jazz Guitarist and teacher Jack Cecchini. He has performed in concert with such jazz luminaries as Bill Evans, Carles Mingus and Stephane Grapelli. He has also performed in the original Broadway productions of many musicals, including The Lion King, Barnum, Les Miserables, Dancin', Evita, Tommy, and I Love My Wife. 

Conductor Robert Tomaro's recent engagements include concerts and recordings with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Slovak Radio Orchestra, The Silensian Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, The Black Sea Philharmonic of Rumania, The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic and many orchestras throughout the United States. He has toured extensively throughout Scandinavia, England, France, and Eastern Europe. 

He was recently honored to be chosen by Maestro Christoph Eschenbach as one of eight conductors in The Christoph Eschenbach International masterclass with the Crakow Sinfonietta in Crakow, Poland.

 

Professional Conducting Experience: Full-Time

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra (BJSO)

Music Director and Conductor

Beloit and Janesville Wisconsin

1999 - present

The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, now in its sixty-sixth year, is the professional symphony orchestra of Rock County, Wisconsin.  In addition to its series of classical and pops concerts, each year it performs Independence Day concerts in Janesville and Beloit, which are offered free to our audience.  Beginning as a volunteer community orchestra in 1953 at Beloit College, it has grown into a respected regional orchestra in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

 

  • Responsible for all subscription series and Pops concerts, creating and designing all concert series, including choosing repertoire and selecting soloists.

 

  • Responsible for auditioning, selecting and managing all orchestra personnel. 

 

  • Works closely with the Board of Directors in all fund-raising activities, community outreach and educational programs. 

 

  • Maintains a full schedule of school visits and lectures. 

 

  • Produced the first six CD’s in the orchestra’s history.

 

  •  Secured funding for full season concert broadcasts and television    advertising.

 

  • Created an annual High School Student Composition Competition and an award-winning middle school student composition program: Composing Kids: Making Music With the Maestro.

 

  •  Created Conducting Kids: Making Music With the Maestro, a program of conducting classes for middle school students, which culminates with the invitation for two students to conduct the Beloit Janesville Symphony in concert at its July 3rd and July 4th Pops concerts.

 

  • Appointed Music Director for Life in 2010

New York University Symphony Orchestra

Music Director and Conductor

New York City, New York

1989-1994

Elysian Symphony Orchestra

Executive Director and Music Director

Hoboken, New Jersey

1994-1999

Founded the professional orchestra of Northern New Jersey and formed the first Board of Directors.  Skills as dual role of executive and music director were honored by the New York Times: “Making Music as Business and Art,” November 5, 1995: can be retrieved at https://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/05/nyregion/new-jersey-co-making-music-as-business-and-art.html

 

  • Designed fund-raising programs.

  • Designed, promoted and held school seminars and pre-concert lectures for students.

  • As the first Executive Director as well as Music Director of the orchestra, was responsible for budgets, rentals, hire and payrolls, union negotiations, etc.

Guest Conducting Appearances

Hayes Symphony Orchestra

1994

Principal Guest Conductor                         

London, England

Responsible for rehearsal and performance of annual summer concerts                              

 

Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra

1992

Guest Conductor                                         

Zlin, Czech Republic 

 

National Symphony Orchestra of Poland

1992

Guest Conductor​

Zlin, Czech Republic

                         

Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra

1994

Guest Conductor

Katovice, Poland

Conducted a CD recording for MMC Records (MMC 2028) including the premiere recording of Celestial Navigation by Robert Tomaro

 

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

1995

Guest Conductor 

Bratislava, Slovakia

Produced a CD recording for MMC Records (MMC 2065)

 

Constanta Philharmonic Orchestra

1995

Guest Conductor

Constanta, Rumania   

 

County College of Morris Symphony Orchestra

1995-1997

Music Director, also served as Professor of Music

Morris County, New Jersey

 

Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra

1996  

Guest Conductor

Constanta, Rumania                                     

Performed at the Rumanian-American Music Festival. 

Concerts included the premieres of new American works and CD recordings for Capstone Records (“Black Sea Idyll” CPS 8648)

 

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

1996

Assistant to William Thomas McKinley for the Absolute Music Festival

Lincoln Center, New York                                                                               

 

London Symphony Orchestra

1996

Guest Conductor

London, England

Conducted CD recordings at EMI Abbey Road Studios for MMC Records (MMC 2085): Robert Tomaro Conducts, including the premiere recording of The Bridge of Souls, Part I by Robert Tomaro

 

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra

1998

Guest Conductor

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Conducted Concert and CD recording for MMC Records (MMC 2085)

 

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra

1998

Guest Conductor

Fairbanks, Alaska

Conducted the premiere performance of The Bridge of Souls, Part II by Robert Tomaro, commissioned by Dr. Madeleine Schatz and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and delivered a guest lecture at the University of Alaska

 

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

2000 and 2004

Guest Conductor

Rockford, Illinois

 

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

2000

Guest Conductor

Northbrook, Illinois

 

Krakow Sinfonietta

2002

Guest Conductor

Krakow, Poland

 

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra

2002

Guest Conductor

Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

The University of Wisconsin Symphonic Band

2004

Guest Conductor

Madison, Wisconsin

 

The United States Air Force Concert Band

2008

Guest Conductor  

Beloit, Wisconsin

 

Powder River Symphony Orchestra 

2010

Guest Conductor

Gillette, Wyoming

 

Lima Symphony Orchestra

2011

Guest Conductor

Lima, Ohio

                                                                                                       

Grand Pops Orchestra 

2011

Guest Conductor

Dubuque, Iowa

Conducted the Symphony for the Dubuque International Film Festival

 

Santa Cruz County Symphony

2012

Guest Conductor

Santa Cruz, California

 

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

2015

Guest Conductor

Conducted the Symphony for the Dubuque International Film Festival

Dubuque, Iowa

 
 
Piano Note

Major Teachers

Christoph Eschenbach

2002

Selected by Maestro Eschenbach for his International Master class in Conducting with the Krakow Sinfonietta, Krakow, Poland

Pierre Boulez

1995

Conducting Workshop, Cleveland Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York City

 

Michael Morgan, Paul Vermel, Samuel Jones, Samuel Adler, Karel Husa, Donald Portnoy

1993 - 1994

The Conductors’ Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Michael Charry

1992

Manhattan School of Music

New York City

Vladmir Kin

1989-1992

Private Study, Conducting

New York City

Leonard Bernstein

1989

Tanglewood Music Festival

Tanglewood, Massachusetts

Education

Teaching

Beloit College

1999-2014

Associate Professor of Music

Holder of the Shogren Family Conducting Chair

  • Taught Jazz History, Rock Music and American Culture

  • Co-directed the Jazz Band program

  • Director of the Beloit College Symphony Orchestra

 

County College of Morris

1995-1996

Adjunct Professor of Music

Morris County, New Jersey

 

Rutgers University

1996

Adjunct Professor of Music

Newark, New Jersey

 

St. John’s University

1996

Adjunct Professor of Music

Staten Island, New York

 
 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Composition

New York University

1994

Master of Arts Degree in Composition

New York University

1989

Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater Arts

Northwestern University

1973

 

Awards, Honors, Scholarships

Nominated for two Grammy Awards by the National Association for Recording Arts and Sciences 

2015

  • “Producer of the Year,” along with Jason Zarnowski, for the CD ‘Miss Conduct’ by Susan Aquila  

  • ‘Best Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement for the song “Why” on the same CD.  Music and lyrics by Rob Tomaro

 

Nominated for two Grammy Awards by the National Association for Recording Arts and Sciences

2014

 

  • “Best Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement” for the song "Broken Angel" recorded by Susan Aquila on her album of the same name

  •  “Best Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement” for “Things Will Go Your Way” on the same CD. Music and lyrics by Rob Tomaro

 

Best in Show – Highest Award

2013

Best Professional Cultural/Ethnic Program- Wisconsin Community Media  

“To Music Director Robert Tomaro for creating and performing the symphonic concert program ‘Festivale Latino’, November, 2012, Beloit, Wisconsin, with the Beloit Janesville Symphony”

 

Award of Excellence – Highest Award

2013

Wisconsin Community Media – To Robert Tomaro, Music Director and Composer, for presenting the premiere performance of his original work:  Concerto for Electric Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra, Susan Aquila, Soloist, April, 2012, Janesville, Wisconsin, with the Beloit Janesville Symphony

 

Finalist – The American Prize in Composition for his original orchestra work: The Bridge of Souls 

2013

Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra for MMC Records, conducted by Robert Tomaro

 

Award for Academic and Artistic Achievement

2011

From the Board of Education of Beloit, Wisconsin,

for his role in creating Composing Kids: Making Music with the Maestro.

 

Winner of the State of Wisconsin Award

2010

For Achievement in Education and Community Relations

For creating and implementing the interactive music composition and performance program for young children:  Composing Kids: Making Music with the Maestro.

 

Appointed Music Director for Life

2010

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Beloit, Wisconsin

 

ASCAP Special Award for Symphonic Composition

1998-2003

 

Jazz Doctor Magazine - Best Jazz Rock CD

2011

Planet Z featuring violinist Susan Aquila,

music by Rob Tomaro – CD recording. 

Blue Chair Enterprises – 001

CD Recordings

Miss Conduct

Producer, Composer (Music & Lyrics)

Recorded by Susan Aquila on Original Kitchen Records (OK002)

Five Grammy Nominations

Broken Angel

CD Recording featuring Susan Aquila, Turkey Vulture Records

Rockford, Illinois – Co-Producer, Composer, Arranger

Five Grammy Nominations

Planet Z featuring Susan Aquila – Music by Rob Tomaro

Blue Chair Enterprises 001

Robert Tomaro Conducts The London Symphony Orchestra

London, England

MMC Records – MMC 2085

MMC Orchestral Miniatures – Volume V

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bratislava, Slovakia

MMC Records – MMC 2081

MMC New Century – Volume VI

Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra

Katovice, Poland

MMC Records, MMC 2028

Black Sea Idyll

The Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra

Constanta, Rumania

Capstone Records – CPS 8648

The Art of the State

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Discover Wisconsin Music – 59175-2 DWP, Inc.

Beethoven Symphony No. 3

Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Fiftieth Anniversary Recording

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

With Lori Sims

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Beloit, Wisconsin

Baroque Masterworks

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Baroque Masterworks, II

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Beloit, Wisconsin

Carmina Burana

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Beloit, Wisconsin

Planet Z – featuring Susan Aquila – Music by Rob Tomaro

Blue Chair Enterprises -0001

 

Literary Accomplishments

Published Work

Dark Whisper

Novel published in 2016 by Etopia Press. Available on Amazon. Com

and all digital outlets.

Becky and The Worm

Novel, which has just been turned into a screenplay by Linda

Jacobsen for Amazon Prime

Moses, Louis and Jerome

Short story published in Tribes, the literary quarterly of Tribeca in New York City

Compositions

Commissioned to compose The Mindset Suite: The Things We Hold Dear 

2011

For Narrator and Orchestra by the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. 

Conducted the world premiere on July 3 and 4 in Wisconsin.

 

Commissioned to compose The Call

2008

For tenor, Rock Band, and orchestra

By the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. 

Conducted the premiere on July 3 and 4, 2008.

 

Commissioned to compose Dream Palace,

A ballet score for symphony orchestra, Consortium of the Arts

2005

Walnut Creek, California

Conducted the concert premiere with the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, November 2005

 

New Jersey Council on the Arts grant recipient

1998

For a one-year residency with the Elysian Symphony Orchestra of Hudson County, New Jersey

 

Commissioned to compose and conduct the premiere of The Bridge of Souls, Part II

1997

For symphony orchestra by Dr. Madeleine Schatz and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra

Fairbanks, Alaska

Conducted the concert premiere in Fairbanks, March 1998

 

Honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

1997

for conducting the Emmy Award winning score for the 1996 Los Angeles Marathon for WK COP Television, Los Angeles, California

 

Elected to Pi Kappa Lambda

1992

the National Honors Society in Music Education

 

Elected to Kappa Delta Pi

1992

the National Honors Society in Education

 

Elected as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors

of L’Association Nationale de Musique de Chambre, Paris, France

1991

 

 

Winner of the New York University Graduate Composition Award

1991

for Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra.   

Performed the solo Electric Guitar part at the concert premiere with the Catholic University Orchestra,

Washington, D. C., 1991

 

Awarded a New York University Graduate Fellowship

1988-1991

 

New Jersey Council on the Arts

1988

Award for Symphonic Composition for Celestial Navigation for symphony orchestra– CD recordings on MMC Records and Capstone Records

Conducted the concert premiere at the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, 1995

 

ASCAP Award for Symphonic Composition

1987-2007

 

Meet the Composer Grant, New York City Chapter

1984-1987

 

Moore Foundation Grant for Symphonic Composition

1987

 
 
Professional Performing Experience 

Jazz Guitar, Commercial Guitar, Studio Guitarist

1978 - present

Extensive studio work, New York City

 

Broadway

  • The Lion King

  • Dancin’

  • Les Miserables

  • The Who’s Tommy

  • Barnum

  • Evita

 

National Tours and Regional Theater

  • I Love My Wife – Drury Lane Theater, Chicago

  • I Love My Wife starring the Smothers Brothers

  • Lady Be Good – Goodspeed Opera Company (featured onstage role)

  • Godspell

  • I Love My Wife- Birmingham, Michigan

  • I Love My Wife- Coconut Grove, Florida

  • I Love My Wife- Cleveland, Ohio

  • I Love My Wife- St. Louis, Missouri

 

Music Director and Conductor of Musical Theater

  • The Armory Dinner Theater – Janesville, Wisconsin

  • Theatre Unlimited – Janesville, Wisconsin

  • Stage One Theater- Janesville, Wisconsin

Selected Concert Reviews 

October 15th, 2012  The Aptos Times

Classical Reflection                                                       

‘Viennese Dreams’ – Exciting Start to Symphony Season

By Josef Sekon, DMA

 

“Sept 29th and 30th were the first two repeat concerts that began the search for the Symphony’s new Music Director.  I’ve been involved with the Symphony since the early 1980’s and cannot recall a more exciting season.  Dr. Robert Tomaro was the first of five Conductors opting for the vacant Music Director position.”   

 

“The Nicolai (Merry Wives of Windsor) Overture (was) light, airy and very well intended and directed.”

 

“The balance between Dr. Tomaro and the soloist (Neil Rutman, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb) was very well conceived.”

 

“Brahms’ first symphony is a monumental work in many respects. Dr. Tomaro performed without score and brought wonderful balance between the orchestral sections…with good understanding and dynamic sensibility.   All in all, a very impressive performance!”

***

Peninsula Reviews, Sept. 30th 2012 – Lyn Ronson

Reviewing the Santa Cruz County Symphony concert of September 30th

 

“Tomaro pulled everything together with great skill and brought the (Brahms first) symphony to a triumphant conclusion.” 

 

 

***

Santa Cruz Sentinel – October 3rd, 2012 - Phyllis Rosenblum

“Symphony’s audition season opens on a promising note”

 

“Tomaro conducted with large, sweeping gestures, at times eschewing the baton entirely to direct choral-style with only his gracefully flowing arms and hands (in) an emotionally powerful performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. 

 

Tomaro’s fluid motions visually enhanced the audience experience while shaping the musical lines artistically for the orchestra. Clean phrases and endings heightened the work’s drama.

 

For the Mozart (Piano Concerto no. 22 in Eb), Tomaro reined in his large gestures to match the Classical Era’s exactitude.  The filigree-laden phrases unfurled gracefully.”

 

 

***

 

"Robert Tomaro is committed to creating a synthesis of musical styles (in order to) bring the new generation into the symphony music halls... Promising... top level… Sounded excellent.” 

          David W. Chen  - New York Times

 

"A remarkably fresh performance.  Robert Tomaro... a conductor to take very seriously, delivered a solid climax.  It was a memorable evening."

          Peter Spencer, Star Ledger, Newark, New Jersey

 

"It was a truly spiritual interpretation offered by Tomaro.  The orchestra seemed to rise with him throughout the performance.  It was a splendid introduction to the series.  Like the Wagner that opened the program, he is stately and refined.  Like the Brahms, he is spiritual.  Most importantly, he is intensely personal in his relationship with the players.  We have a lot more to enjoy under his direction”.

            Ron Nief.  Beloit Daily News

 

"Mr. Tomaro is a major conducting talent with an instinctive feel for the musicians in the orchestra."  

           Washington Square News, New York City.

 

"Under Tomaro's leadership, the orchestra has undertaken new musical challenges.  Tomaro's enthusiasm and ability to get the most out of the orchestra have spread to audiences, as well.  Attracted by works such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Scheherazade, and Mahler's Symphonies No. 2 and 5, attendance at last season's concerts has doubled.  Challenged by demanding repertoire, the Beloit Janesville Symphony has grown into a first rate orchestra."

          Allegro Magazine, the magazine of the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras.  Fall, 2001

 

"The American conductor Robert Tomaro commanded the symphony in what proved to be a virtuosic performance, seemingly unending in its imagination and with a firm hand, with which he gave life to the two works in first audition as well as the Symphony No. 3 of Copland.  As a conductor, Robert Tomaro succeeded in a creating a unique orchestral texture and was able to project a new spirit of thought and concept, generating an ideal interpretation."

           Eutherpe, Telegraf, Bucharest, Rumania

 

"Robert Tomaro...virtuoso... brings a wide variety of instrumental colors...in a nice variety of dynamics... reflections of different cultures of the world molded in a singular statement.  The concert was a significant success!"

            Slobna Dalmacija, Split, Yugoslavia

 

 

"Let me mention Robert Tomaro.  The Hungarian audience had a splendid time listening to the American conductor."

            Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences:  Institute for Musicology,              

           Budapest, Hungary

 

"Conductor Robert Tomaro is being noticed by the classical music establishment who wish to revitalize the concert hall...Innovative and exciting programs... those who were there are still talking about it."

          Hudson Current, Hoboken, New Jersey

 
Selected CD Reviews

Planet Z  - featuring Susan Aquila – Music by Rob Tomaro

Blue Chair Enterprises  - 0001

 

            Number one CD on the jazz/ rock charts of CMJ music listings, August, 2011

            Named “Best Jazz Rock CD of 2011”

 

August 8, 2011

Jazz Doctor Magazine

Music & Opinion for the 21st Century

Planet Z – PLANET Z FEATURING SUSAN AQUILA: As any of the promoters who pass us CD’s for review will tell you – nearly ALL albums go in the queue & get reviewed in the order they were received… the only time a CD is pushed to the front of the queue is when the energy levels are so significantly notable that it would be unfair (to the whole world) not to let folks know about it.  This CD, featuring electric rock violinist Susan Aquila, definitely falls in that category.  This music pushes the envelope so hard it will blow your eardrums (not to mention your mind) immediately.  Her debut CD is colossal… just scope out the 3rd track, “The Fire of The Planes“, to hear what’s got me so fired up – & do it with ‘phones on at FULL BLAST… this music just RAWKS!  My favorite of the 7 tracks offered up is the superb “Dance of Ecstasy“… Susan’s violin just SOARS, & all the other players (Robert Tomaro on guitar, Irio O’Farrill on bass, Ray Marchica & Paul Pizzuti on drums & Joseph Church & Ted Baker on keyboards) are out in full force.  I certainly give this a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is a top-of-the-line 5.00… and they get the “PICK” of this issue for “best jazz/rock/fusion CD” of 2011!  (Keep your ears on this band, folks… you heard it here first – they WILL take over the world)!!!  

Volume 34/Number 277, 
MIDWEST RECORD 
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher 
Copyright 2011 Midwest Record

 

“BLUE CHAIR ENTERPRISES - 
PLANET Z featuring SUSAN AQUILA:  You’ve got an interesting bunch of talent on board here that just blows the roof off the sucker.  Aquila is a jazz/rock electric violinist with a classical background that sounds more like she’s Jean Luc Ponty’s daughter than Clara does.  Kicking it out on the music of Rob Tomaro, also a jazz rocker with a classical background, the two are an incendiary combustion that can’t be denied.  The credentials of these two speak for themselves.  Simply put, when you want that jazz/rock thing with something extra that just doesn’t quit, this is the set to put at the top of your list.  This is hot stuff that just can’t be denied.

 

 

CD Review - Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - Robert Tomaro conducting the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, April 2000:

 

"Tomaro brings a different sensibility to the orchestra, and these CDs show it.  The musicians play with more precision, more excitement and, most importantly, more expression.  Tomaro knows it's all about getting the composer's and the musicians' ideas across to the audience and the BJSO is achieving that more than ever.  The second CD shows the BJSO's improvement in a few short months as it tackles Beethoven's gorgeous Symphony No. 9, and the four soloists and the BJSO Chorus sing stirringly on it."

            Mary Barber, The Janesville Gazette, Janesville Wisconsin, 1999

 

 

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

Lori Sims

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Robert Tomaro

Recorded at the Eaton Chapel, Wisconsin, November, 1999

 

“Sims’ playing is supple and passionate.  She does not sound the least bit intimidated by the notoriously difficult composition and her confidence seeps into the orchestra, which is playing with more verve.”

           Mary Barber, The Janesville Gazette, Janesville Wisconsin, 2001

 

 

MMC New Century VI  (MMC 2028)

Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Robert Tomaro and Jerzy Svoboda

Recorded at Philharmonic Hall, Katovice, Poland, January, 1994

 

“An immersion in atmosphere and color permeates just about every bar of this music, from the bright percussion and bold fanfares of Robert Tomaro’s Celestial Navigation to the crazed tango of Roger Briggs’ Tracer.  This disc offers attractive new American music, well recorded and ably performed.”

 

American Record Guide, 1995

 
Publications
 

Dark Whisper – Victorian-style history fantasy novel by Robert Tomaro                           

published by Etopia Press, which specializes in the romantic genre

ISBN: 978-1-944138-51-6

2016

The Rock River Times – serving Northern Illinois

2013-2015

and the Wisconsin Stateline Area –

 appointed Classical Music Editor, 2013

 

Cashbox Magazine

present

Currently serving as Classical Music Editor

for Cashbox Magazine, Canada, and Jazz Critic

for Cashbox Magazine, U.S.

 

“Moses, Louis, and Jerome” a short story by Rob Tomaro

2016

Published in Tribes, the Literary Quarterly of Tribeca,

New York City

 

New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Seventh Edition

            London, 1997.  “The Music of Elliot Sharp.”

            London, 1997.  “The Music of Francis Thorne.”

 

Journal for New Music Research, Swets & Zeitliner, Lisse, The Netherlands,

Vol. 23, Fall 1994 “Contemporary Compositional Techniques for The Electric Guitar in United States Concert Music”