Tom Roberts Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Free RSVP 2017-06-29 8 p.m. 2017-06-29 America/New_York Tom Roberts Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Stride piano player Tom Roberts brings his celebrated Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show to Alphabet City!

An internationally regarded proponent of early jazz piano, Jazz Beat Magazine described Roberts as “without question one of the finest pianists today.” Roberts has arranged and performed music for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Martin Scorcese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator ,as well as multiple appearances at the prestigious Jazz in July with Dick Hyman at New York’s 92nd St. Y.

Tom has performed multiple times at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival including a solo performance at The Professor Longhair Society’s Piano Night At Tipitina’s . He has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Kiellor, and was pianist and musical director for Leon Redbone.

Chaplin is indisputably one of the towering figures in film history. An actor, comedian, director, and composer (beginning with “City Lights” he composed the scores for all his films). In 1916 he became the highest paid film star ever, receiving a staggering $10,000.00 per week to create 12 films for the Mutual Corporation. In 2012, The Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned Tom to compose original scores to two of Chaplin’s Mutual Films: The Rink and One A.M. and he chose to do so in a manner that Chaplin would have approved. The result was miraculous and people have described the experience as magical, as if being in a dream! Since that time he has toured the event throughout the region, placing it in unusual venues hoping to share this with as many people as possible.

Music becomes a major part of our experience when watching a silent film: The wrong music can totally destroy our experience of the film. Chaplin himself was well aware of that, and as soon as he could, he composed scores for the films that he owned. He knew that a profound sense of irony was the key ingredient, juxtaposing the most elegant music against the most outrageous slapstick. Since his work with the Symphony, Roberts has composed new scores for two more of Chaplin’s films: The Pawn Shop (1916); and the film in which Chaplin introduced his iconic little tramp; Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914). The amazing thing about these films is that still speak to us today.

In The Rink, Chaplin plays a clumsy waiter who frequents a roller skating rink during his lunch break. He meets a beautiful socialite and masquerades as Sir Cecil Seltzer to win her affections. The Pawn Shop explores the illusion of time and identity. But first and foremost, all of these films are hysterically funny!

“Tom Roberts Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show,” will last about two hours.

Visit tomrobertspiano.com for more info


Featuring clarinetist Mary Beth Malek: 

Mary Beth Malek is principal clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra.
She has also held principal chairs in the Westmoreland and Wheeling Symphonies.  She performs with the Pittsburgh
Opera Theatre and Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera and as extra with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  As chamber musician,
Mary Beth performs with the Zaffiro Trio and the Diamante Trio.  Both groups have premiered works written for them and
have received grants from the University of Pittsburgh for outreach concerts.  She divides her time between playing and teaching.
She has an active clarinet studio and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and at Catham University.   Last year five of her high school students made State Band.
So far this year, six have moved on to regional and two have made All East Band (encompassing eleven states). Mary Beth has held faculty positions at Seton Hill, West Liberty, and Carnegie Mellon Universities.  She has recorded with the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and with the PSO.  For two years, she enjoyed living in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar where she studied, attended many operas, and toured with an Austrian orchestra and performed for the USA ambassador.  Graduate work was completed at the Eastman School of Music where she also was awarded the Performer’s Certificate.  Before that, Mary Beth attended Northwestern University.
Although, she primarily plays classical music, Mary Beth enjoys many genres.  She loves accompanying silent films with Tom Roberts and
has played in Klezmer and German bands.

Event Details

June 29, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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