Jazz Pianist Tom Roberts to Present Celebrated Chaplin Silent Picture Show

Internationally known musician also wrote score for Wooster student Jon West’s Senior I.S. Documentary

05 March, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Jazz pianist Tom Roberts will present his celebrated Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show on Thursday, March 26, at The College of Wooster. The performance, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).

Internationally renown for his Harlem Stride piano style, Roberts has appeared on The Tonight Show and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Kiellor. He has also written music for such films as The Aviator. This performance will feature his own composition in conjunction with the screening of silent films from Charlie Chaplin.

Roberts was invited to Wooster by senior history major Jon West. The two met last summer when West was conducting research in Pittsburgh about that city's steel and ethnic identity for his Senior Independent Study project (Wooster's nationally acclaimed senior capstone experience). West's documentary will feature a score written and performed by Roberts.

The event is sponsored by the departments of film studies, history, and music at Wooster. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2169) or e-mail.