Meet Tom Sivak

Tom Sivak Music and Lyrics

Tom Sivak Music and Lyrics

Tom Sivak’s music has been heard on stage, in film, on TV, and — in a prison! The Chicago Symphony Orchestra premiered his “Prelude and Fugue” at Orchestra Hall in 1981. “Golub,” a documentary film with a score by Tom, premiered at the NYC Film Festival in 1985. Later that year, “Out o’Joint,” a musical co-written with Ron Falzone and the inmates of Joliet Stateville Prison, was performed inside the prison walls, through a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. “The Great Bardo” was performed at the Lincoln Center in NYC with Jose Ferrer in the title role. All told, he has written 8 musicals that have been performed across the US and Canada. Most recently, “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! In 3-D!!!” premiered at the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival. Since coming to St Petersburg, Florida, Tom has kept busy. He has written two micro-operas, “Frankie & Gianni,” which was premiered at GASP! 2018 at the Tampa Museum of Art, and “Teeka Teeka Teeka,” which premiered at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa in 2017. “Doctor Dilligaff’s Baboon,” a comic chamber opera, was presented in concert at the Palladium in St Petersburg, in September of 2016, funded by grants from Creative Pinellas and St Petersburg Arts Alliance. “Sunshine City, the Musical,” was presented at the Palladium as a stage reading, also funded by the St Petersburg Arts Alliance. Tom also wrote the score for “63 Boycott,” a documentary film by Kartemquin Films about the 1963 student boycott of the Chicago Public School System. The film premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2018. This May, Tom has been invited by the Trillium Project to come to Shotpouch Cabin and write music inspired by the idyllic woodland setting in the deep woods of Oregon. Beth Gelman will also attend and we will generate video to create a multi-media work to document our commune in the woods.