GUYTANO PARKS is a Musician-in-Residence in the Arts & Medicine Institute at The Cleveland Clinic, and is an Artist with CIPC ArtsConnect, the community outreach program of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He is also on the roster of musicians performing for special events at Playhouse Square. His diverse repertoire includes Standards from the 1930s & 40s and other eras, selections from The Great American Songbook, Showtunes & Movie Music, Big Band & Swing, Jazz, Ragtime and Novelty Pieces in addition to Classical music. In the past he performed concerts and recitals within the Classical world as soloist, in chamber music and as accompanist. He currently performs within cafe society and is happy to include some light Classical music in the mix at clubs, restaurants, hotels, parties, special events, benefits, and openings. He also entertains seniors at retirement communities, nursing homes, special care facilities and social centers throughout Northeast Ohio. He has also performed extensively at facilities along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York.
He can be heard regularly at The Velvet Tango Room on Wednesday evenings from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. in addition to performing in VTR’s Back Room for private parties and special events.
*music videos from the VTR and other venues (2013-16).
Guytano Parks composed and performed the Processional and Recessional music entitled Seeds of Discovery for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Ph.D. White Lab Coat Ceremony at Thwing Ballroom on August 21, 2015. He also performed pre-ceremony music for this esteemed event celebrating the individuals entering doctoral programs in the Biomedical Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He will perform again for the CWRU School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony on August 26, 2016.
Mr. Parks also performed for the CWRU School of Medicine and the Young Scientist Foundation on Wednesday, October 28 for their benefit Cooking for a Cure: A Cleveland Food and Wine Event at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland during cocktails from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Guytano recently appeared at Club Isabella in University Circle on Saturday night, September 26. On Friday, April 24 he performed at the opening of the Carter/Gaertner exhibit at Wolfs Gallery on Larchmere.
He appeared at Vino Veritas Little Italy on Valentine’s Weekend, Friday & Saturday evenings, February 13 & 14 where he appeared several times during the past year.
On May 7, 2015 Mr. Parks performed for the Junior League of Cleveland “Manis, Martinis & Makeovers 2015” spring fundraiser at The Eaton Collection in Woodmere. He will tickle the ivories again for “Manis, Martinis & Makeovers 2016” at The Eaton Collection on Thursday, May.
He appeared at the Eliza Jennings benefit “Best of Wild, Wild West” at The Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township on May 17, and on May 21 performed at the Beachwood Community Center for their Seniors Day Out Luncheon.
He performed for RSVP Lake County for the past several years and will again tickle the ivories during their Volunteer Recognition Luncheon 2016 on Thursday, September 15 at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor.
I just wanted to thank you so much for the beautiful piano music you provided for my wedding. We received so many compliments from our guests. It was a lovely way to greet guests as they entered our venue.
Thank you again,
The English Oak Room, Cleveland November 2014
Mr. Parks is an Artist with CIPC ArtsConnect and is a Musician-in-Residence in the Arts and Medicine Institute at The Cleveland Clinic. He has served on the board of The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and was a Marketing Consultant for M.U.S.i.C. – Stars in the Classics. Over the past few years he wrote Classical music reviews and reports as a correspondent for ClevelandClassical.com.
*compilation of reviews for ClevelandClassical.com
Guytano Parks studied piano with Artist–in–Residence Eunice Podis (L) in the Conservatory at The Cleveland Institute of Music (1979–1985) as the recipient of scholarships from The Fortnightly Musical Club and The Cecilian Musical Club, and was awarded a CIM Accompanying Fellowship. He performed in master classes with pianists Grant Johanessen and Paul Schenly and in chamber music master classes with violinists Josef Gingold, Peter Salaff and Bernard Goldschmidt, pianist Eunice Podis and French hornist Philip Meyers. He won the highest medal in The Ohio Music Education Association Competition annually from 1973 to 1977 while studying in the CIM Preparatory Department with Cynthia (Fok) Lawing, Janis Zemzars and Olga Radosavljevich (R).
Guytano Parks performs with cabaret singer Megan Elk (aka Miss Alexandra Huntingdon) for CIPC ArtsConnect, and they appeared at Hamlet Village in Chagrin Falls on September 8, Beachwood Community Center on October 16 at Maplewood at Heather Hill in Chardon on December 19. Additional dates include Convivium33 Gallery on December 19, Toast in Gordon Square on January 22, March 26, April 16 and May 21, the Beachwood Hilton on February 28, Cardinal Retirement Village on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day program), Westlake Village Clare Bridge Community on May 8, Hamlet Village in Chagrin Falls (for CIPC ArtsConnect) on May 11, RTA at Tower City on May 21 and Brothers Lounge on June 6. Additional CIPC ArtsConnect performances: December 6th at Stone Gardens, Beachwood; 10th at Normandy Manor and Normandy Apartments, Rocky River; 11th at Maplewood, Garfield Hts.; 14th at Hamlet Village, Chagrin Falls; 19th at Briar Hill, Middlefield; 20th at Marymount Place, Garfield Hts. They also performed another St. Patrick’s Day program on March 17, 2016 at Cardinal Retirement Village, Cuyahoga Falls and entertained at The Normandy Apartments on March 19.
In April 2013 he performed in For the Love of Brahms, an all–Brahms chamber music concert with violinist Amy King at Washington Avenue Christian Church in Elyria and in Drinko Hall at Cleveland State University.
Performances since the 1980’s include concerts at The Cleveland Institute of Music, CIM’s Ernest Bloch Society at Mayfield Country Club, Harkness Chapel at Case Western Reserve University, Gartner Auditorium and the Recital Hall at The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Fortnightly Musical Club, The Cecilian Musical Club, The Federation of Women’s Clubs, Trinity Cathedral, Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, Judson Manor and Judson Park, The Intown Club, The Jewish Community Center, The Western Reserve Historical Society, Fairmount Fine Arts Center, The Andrews School, The Broadway School of Music, Fairmount Temple, Ohio Dominican College and Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.
In the spring of 1985 Guytano Parks performed 21 sold–out concerts with Liberace at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “The Spectacular Easter Extravaganza was the most elaborate production ever to be mounted on the New York stage and drew a record-breaking attendance and box office success,” reported The New York Times.
He appeared as soloist in 19 performances of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor, Quicksilver in The State Theater at Playhouse Square Center as Company Pianist for The Cleveland Ballet during their 1995-96 season. Subsequently, he spent 9 months in California (1996–97) where he performed at The Westin Hotel in San Jose, Los Altos Country Club and The Sunnyvale Inn.
While living in Chicago (1998-2003) he appeared in over 200 concerts throughout the city and its suburbs including performances on the Sounds of Our City series at The Harold Washington Library Center and the Sulzer Classical Sundays series at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library in addition to concerts at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, Golf Mill and Olympia Fields, Beacon Hill in Lombard, The Mather, Westminster Place and Huss Gallery in Evanston, St. Paul’s Chapel in Arlington Hts., The Selfhelp Home in Chicago, Montgomery Place in Hyde Park and Lake Forest Place. Appearances within Chicago’s cafe society include a 10 month engagement at Lutnia Continental Cafe (winner of Chicago’s Best Ethnic Restaurant Award), Gentry on Halsted, Gentry on State and Gibson’s Steak House.
Appearances within Cleveland’s cafe society over the past three decades include extended engagements at Classics Restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel at the Cleveland Clinic, Oakwood Club, The Avenue at Tower City Center, Delphine’s at the Cleveland Hilton South, Club Isabella, Sebastian’s West, Fairmount Grille, Kennedy’s at Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Playhouse Club, Pete and Charlie’s at Stouffer’s Somerset Inn, Zanzibar Polo Club, Theresa’s in Little Italy, La Place, Detour, Keys and Harlow’s Restaurant. Additionally, he performed several times at Luciano’s Ristorante, Mantel’s at The Clarion Hotel, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cleveland Sheraton Center, Euclid Ramada Inn, Behind The Woods, The Oaks Lodge at Chippewa Lake, Hyde Park Chop House, Hyde Park Grille, Cafe Brio, Cafe Sausalito, Broglio’s, Eastside Mo’s, Vernon’s, Walden, The Theatrical, The Galleria and The Velvet Tango Room.
During the early 1980s Mr. Parks served as rehearsal pianist and pit orchestra pianist for musical theatre productions at The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, including Finian’s Rainbow, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof (musical director/pianist) and Pippin (electric keyboards). He was also music teacher for CVLT’s Youtheatre program and pianist for their productions. Prior to CVLT, he was rehearsal pianist during the mid–1970’s for The Richmond Hts. Little Theatre productions of Milk and Honey, Oliver and No, No, Nanette, and played piano for Carnival and other shows at the old JCC in Cleveland Hts.
He has performed at special events, benefits, weddings, receptions, brunches, luncheons, teas, cocktail hours and dinners at private clubs extensively throughout Northeast Ohio including Acacia Country Club, Akron Country Club, Fairlawn Country Club, Fox Hollow Garden Club, Gershwin’s, The Halle Building, Higbee’s Silver Grille, The Inn at Fowler’s Mills, The Leader Building, Avon Oaks Country Club, Shaker Country Club, Kirtland Country Club, Madison Country Club, Landerhaven, Berkshire Hills Country Club, Beechmont Country Club, Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, The City Club, Chagrin Valley Racquet Club, Squaw Creek Country Club, Mayfield Country Club, The Intown Club, The Clevelander Club, The Cleveland Playhouse Club, Columbia Hills Country Club, The Club at Society Center, The Clevelander Club, The College Club,The Union Club, The Junior League of Cleveland, The American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross, The Design Industry Foundation For AIDS, The Western Reserve AIDS Foundation, The Health Issues Task Force, Act Up Cleveland, Wildwood Cultural Center, Alzheimer’s Disease, United Way, The Ohio Reformatory for Women, The National Diabetes Association, The Visiting Nurse Association, The Women’s Auxiliary to The Association of Philippine Physicians in Ohio, Portage Country Club, Westwood Country Club, Hawthorne Valley Country Club, Lakewood Country Club, Edgewater Yacht Club, Mentor Harbor Yacht Club, The Clifton Club, The English Oak Room, Windows on the River, The Greenbriar Suite in The Terminal Tower, Eaton Square, Silver’s Park Temple and Park Synagogue East. Guytano Parks has also been performing entertaining programs and background music during brunches, luncheons, teas, dinners, parties, holidays, openings, appreciation and recognition banquets and other special events at retirement communities, nursing homes and special care facilities throughout Cleveland and its suburbs, and the Akron, Ashland, Oberlin, Medina and Youngstown areas for over thirty years.
*ACTIVITIES DIRECTORS: list of SENIORS FACILITIES where Guytano Parks has performed.
Violinist Mary Beth Ions and Guytano Parks have been performing together since the early 1980’s when they played at Classics Restaurant in The InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center at The Cleveland Clinic. The duo has appeared throughout the area in recital and at private parties and special events including The Inn at Westlake Village and Westlake Village’s Independent Living Community, Judson Park in University Circle, The Weils of Bainbridge, RH Meyers Apartments in Beachwood, Harbor Court in Rocky River, The Eliza Jennings Home in Cleveland and Bradley Bay Center in Bay Village.
Annual trips to New York since 2005 include performances throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties along the Hudson River at The Danish Home in Croton on Hudson, The Michael Malotz Pavilion and Sans Souci Center in Yonkers, Seabury at Fieldhome in Cortlandt Manor, Andrus on Hudson, Rosary Hill in Hawthorne, Sterling Glen in Rye Brook, Nyack Manor in Valley Cottage, Somers Manor, Promenade at Blue Hill in Pearl River, Schaffer Center and The United Hebrew Center in New Rochelle, NYC Veterans Home in Montrose, Woodlands at Ardsley, Bethel Centers in Ossining and Croton on Hudson, Atria on Hudson, The Skyview Center in Croton on Hudson, and Springvale Inn in Croton on Hudson.
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