Stride piano player Tom Roberts brings his celebrated Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show to the City of Asylum. An internationally regarded proponent of early jazz piano, Jazz Beat Magazine described Roberts as “without question one of the finest pianists today.” Tom will be playing alongside clarinetist Marybeth Malek.
Chaplin is indisputably one of the towering figures in film history. He was an actor, comedian, director, and composer. 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 films: The Rink and One A.M. 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). 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.
Plan to come to the City of Asylum on Friday, July 17 at 7:00 pm to enjoy the Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show. For more information, or to reserve your FREE seat, visit the Tom Roberts Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show event page.