Prodigy and Peace with Caleb Park

Caleb Park

Prodigy and Peace with Caleb Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 29, 2016

PRESS CONTACT: Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525, ext. 100,

Concert Artists of Baltimore Announces Maestro 2 Concert: Prodigy and Peace with Caleb Park

Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore presents the second performance in its Maestro Series, the “Prodigy and Peace” concert. Led by Artistic Director Edward Polochick, the program features guest artist Caleb Park in the Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Concert Artists of Baltimore Orchestra; the Concert Artists of Baltimore Chorus singing a cappella in Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom and selections from Rachmaninoff’s The All-Night Vigil (“Vespers”); and the CAB String Orchestra in Diamond’s Rounds. This concert is performed in honor of Carol Pacione upon her retirement as Pastoral Life Director of St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Performance Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7:00pm. Tickets are $30-35 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Visit or call 410-625-3525, ext. 101, for concert tickets.

Performance Location: St. Pius X Church, 6428 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21212. Safe and free parking available on site.

This concert is sponsored by the Adalman-Goodwin Foundation, and Mr. Robert Mazaika.

Concert Artists of Baltimore is supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. These programs have been funded by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. These programs are also made possible by a grant from The Citizens of Baltimore County.

Caleb Park, age 15, is an honor roll freshman at Long Reach High School in Maryland. He began his cello studies at the age of 41/2 and has been studying with both Dr. Alison Wells of the Peabody Institute since 2011 and with Michael Kannen since 2015. In 2013, Caleb won the Peabody Preparatory Junior Concerto Competition and performed the Haydn Concerto in C with the Young Artist Orchestra (YAO). In 2014, Caleb was a winner of the Peabody Preparatory Part Recital Competition and performed at the Lynn Taylor Hebden Preparatory Recital and Vella Silver Recitals. In 2015, he also performed the Elgar Cello Concerto, Mvt. 4 with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Columbia Young Artist Competition.

Caleb served as a principal cellist in the YAO, and he currently is a member of the Peabody Youth Orchestra (PYO) and studies in the Peabody Performance Academy. He received the Dean’s Recognition, Performance, and Achievement Awards for cello, and performed at the 2014 Peabody Preparatory Award Ceremony. Caleb has also performed as a soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore under the direction of Maestro Edward Polochick and won the Johansen High school Competition in 2015.

Caleb has participated in master classes with Matt Haimovits, Amit Peled, Zuill Bailey, Julia Lichten from the Manhattan School of Music, the Bryant Park String Quartet, Kurt Baldwin of the Arianna String Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, and the Kelemen String Quartet. Additionally, he has worked with Ralph Kirshbaum and Alan Rafferty. In 2008, he and his siblings participated in a master class with the Eroica Trio. In 2011, they appeared at the Sundays at Three concert series, and in 2013, the Park Family Trio participated in a master class with the Harlem String Quartet. Furthermore, they performed at the Candlelight 40th Anniversary Gala Concert and the Charlestown Chapel Concert Series.

Caleb attended the Indiana University Summer String Academy Program as a Merit Award Scholarship Recipient in the summer of 2013 and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in 2014 and 2015. Caleb was awarded first place at the MMTA Chamber Music Competition and was a quarter finalist at the national Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Caleb enjoys swimming, basketball, racquetball, tennis, and playing the piano duet with his brother. At school Caleb is actively involved in Science Olympiad, Math Team and Tennis Team.

Caleb plays a cello made by Ernst Heinrich Roth in Markneukirchen, Germany, generously loaned to him by The Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Edward Polochick

The current season marks Maestro Polochick’s 29th year as Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore. 2015-2016 also marks his 18th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. From 1979-1999 he was on the staff of the Baltimore Symphony as Director of the Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 he has been at the Peabody Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor. An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, he has appeared as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Polochick has attracted attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. His appearances have included the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Aalborg Symphony of Denmark, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico.

Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore, where he is often asked to share his knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications, and radio broadcasts. He received the Peggy and Yale Gordon Achievement Award and in 2000 he was made an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club.

In 2002 he was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of only three Peabody alumni to be so honored. In 2003-04 he was named Baldwin Scholar at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where he held lectures, demonstrations, and panels on the creative act of music. Maestro Polochick is also a regular panelist on Face The Music, a review of recordings hosted by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC-FM. In 2011 he adjudicated the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in Caiazzo, Italy. Last season Maestro Polochick led a set of Masterworks Series concerts on the podium of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony.

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Founded by Edward Polochick and entering its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. The 2014-15 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that will continue this season.

The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well- known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in the “Capacity Building Baltimore” program.


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