The Update | Rock Tribute Show at Robins; Cleveland Conductor Cancels Concerts

WARREN, Ohio – A concert featuring Journey and Styx tribute bands will come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Dec. 22.

Tickets for E5C4P3 and Best of Times will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at and the box office, 160 E. Market St. Prices range from $15 to $35 (plus fees). The concert starts at 7 p.m. A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Franz Welser-Möst Undergoes Surgery

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) – Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Möst had a cancerous tumor removed and has canceled his conducting performances from late October through the end of the year.

The orchestra said he will undergo treatment between conducting engagements for 12 to 16 months.

“His doctors are confident of a full recovery,” the orchestra said in a statement Thursday.

The 62-year-old Austrian has been Cleveland’s music director since the 2002-03 season, when he succeeded Christoph von Dohnányi.

Welser-Möst, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, withdrew in July from a new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Salzburg Festival just three weeks before opening night. He remains scheduled to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra’s opening performances of the season starting Sept. 28.

5K Run at PSU Shenango Campus

SHARON, Pa. – Penn State Shenango’s 12th annual Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial 5K run/1-mile walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 30.

The event is in honor of Williams, who was employed at the Shenango campus for 25 years before dying after a brief illness.

Day-of registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Shenango campus in downtown Sharon; online preregistration is currently also available.

Since 2012, more than $154,000 has been raised from this event. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial Trustee Scholarship, which provides awards to Shenango campus students.

The Shenango campus will continue its 5K theme of “Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions” in honor of Williams. Participants are encouraged to sport their favorite Ohio State or Penn State gear. Special prizes will be awarded for the most spirited outfits.

Registration forms are available by calling 724 983 2900 or online; click HERE.

Runners/walkers can register until 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The cost is $20 for runners and $15 for walkers on race day.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group and the top overall man and woman. For information, contact the development office at 724 983 2907.

Audubon Society Presents ‘Art of Birding’

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley will kick off its fall programming on Sept. 26 with “The Art of Birding,” featuring a presentation and discussion with John Guy Petruzzi.

The free event, which is open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. at the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive; enter through the Disabled American Veterans entrance.

Petruzzi is a Youngstown-born artist, educator, photographer and lifelong birder. He will share his enthusiasm for local patch birding, guiding the audience through a year of birds in Mahoning County. Drawing from a portfolio containing tens of thousands of images collected over a decade, a vivid portrait of local birdlife will emerge.

Petruzzi will also explain how birding informs and inspires his fine-art painting practice. For information, go to

Petruzzi’s work is also the featured exhibit in the Weller Gallery, located in the Davis Education and Visitor’s Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, through Oct. 1.

McGuffey Society Honors David Tod II

HOWLAND, Ohio – David Tod II has received the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Pioneer Award.

The award is given to individuals who have made notable contributions to the Mahoning Valley. It was bestowed on Sept. 6, during the Founder’s Day program at the Avalon Grand Resort.

David Tod II

Tod is a founding investor of McDonald Steel; a director of the Tod Family Foundation and Tod Homestead Cemetery; actively involved in fundraising for Akron Children’s Hospital; and a founding member of the Tod Steam Engine Museum.

Now residing in Connecticut, he was raised in Liberty and graduated from the University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, and, later, Babson College.

His career includes being an investment consultant in New York City. He currently works for an investment manager based in Florida. His father, David Tod Sr., was a founder of Toro Inc. and Torent Inc., both based in Youngstown.

Tod’s ancestors once owned land in the Brier Hill neighborhood, where mineral deposits fueled the start of the area’s iron and steel industries. Tod Lane, Youngstown State University’s Tod Hall, the former Tod House Hotel and Tod Schools, in Brier Hill and Warren, were named for the family.

The Pioneer Award recognizes outstanding leadership, scholarship, community service and philanthropy.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.