Pittsburgh Performs: The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

Live at The Mattress Factory, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood as pianist Tom Roberts presents The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show with Mary Beth Malek, clarinet. The duo will perform live to accompany Chaplin films The Rink, The Pawn Shop, and Kid Auto Races at Venice California. Popcorn will be provided by Chamber Music Pittsburgh. The Museum will be open from 6-7pm (free of charge) for our patrons to view all of the exhibits. The show begins at 7pm in the lobby. Parking is available in the museum lot or down the street at 1300 Brighton Rd. across from Commonplace Coffee.

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert/film at 7PM. The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 

Featured artists:

Tom Roberts, piano
Mary Beth Malek, clarinet

About The Artist: 

Tom Roberts, piano

Tom Roberts is one of the leading exponents of early jazz piano in the world today (as stated by Ricardo Sciavales in The Heart and Soul of Stride, Blues, and Swing Piano).

He has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Statler Brothers Show on TNN, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Kiellor.

Tom arranged and performed the music for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film The Aviator, starring Leonardo di Caprio, as well as several titles for the film DeLovely.

He has also arranged music for the syndicated PRI show Riverwalk Jazz, Live from the Landing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, and a number of pieces for Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a concert of the music of Louis Armstrong in October 2006.

He was the featured pianist at the International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich, Switzerland 2001 and 2009. Tom was pianist for Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in New York City and pianist and musical director for Leon Redbone for six years.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Tom played in all the major jazz clubs in the French Quarter and on the riverboats of New Orleans when he lived there from 1989 to 1994. Tom has performed twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2003, once with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. He was featured in 2003 in solo with Dick Hyman at the prestigious Jazz In July series at New York’s 92nd St. Y.

Tom has recorded over 40 albums and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

He continues to tour worldwide and perform with bands from New Orleans and New York, including the Original Dixieland Jazzband and the Lousiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble.

Besides his pianistic artistry Tom is a versatile music historian with special focus on the Early Jazz era . He has contributed articles for magazines such as Piano Today and is a frequent guest at National Public Radio.

Mary Beth Malek, clarinet 

Malek is principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet orchestras.  She also performs with Canton and Wheeling Symphonies and with Civic Light Opera.  She teaches privately and at the University of Pittsburgh and West Liberty State College.  Her education is from Northwestern University and from the Eastman School of Music.  Mary Beth studied for two years in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar.

She is an active teacher and performer in the Pittsburgh area. She is the principal clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras. She also performs regularly with the Civic Light Opera, Gateway to the Arts, extra with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Canton Symphony and Wheeling Symphony.

She performs regularly with her woodwind trio, Ariplay. Mary Beth currently teaches saxophone and clarinet at West Liberty College in WV, and has maintained a private studio for 20 years. She has served on the faculties of Indiana University of PA, University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hill University.

Her training comes from Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mary Beth spent two years studying in Vienna, Austria with the principal clairnetist from the Vienna Philharmonic, Horst Hajek. Other teachers include: Larry Combs, CSO; George Silfies, St. Louis Symphony; Stanley Hastey, and Charles Neidich.