The Sixth Annual Americas-In Concert
7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 5 th
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The Sixth Annual "The Americas-In Concert" presents renowned stride pianist, Tom Roberts, and the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra
● 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 5
● Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Richard E. Rauh Theater, Shady Side Academy Senior School 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
● Free to the public.
● Information: 412-457-0516
PITTSBURGH, PA - August 22, 2013 - America, in the time of Ragtime, will be featured at this year's 6th Annual "The Americas-In Concert" event. Pianist, composer, arranger, and historian, Tom Roberts and his Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra (ACRO) will present an evening of "Rediscovery, Rebirth, Restoration,and Remembrance in Ragtime," featuring works from Pittsburgh and Latin American composers on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Hillman Center for Performing Arts, Richard E. Rauh Theater, Shady Side Academy Senior School, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
Presenting the annual event for a sixth consecutive year are "The Americas-In Concert" founders and sponsors Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies and Shady Side Academy. The event is free to the public.
Formed in 2013, The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra (ACRO) takes its name from Allegheny City, the beautiful city that was home to Stephen Foster, Andrew Carnegie, Gertrude Stein, and later seized by Pittsburgh in 1907. Today it is known as Pittsburgh's North Side. The orchestra is dedicated to restoring the lost history of the ragtime era in Pittsburgh. The ensemble will perform recently rediscovered compositions by Pittsburgh composers from the turn of the 20th century. These works have not been heard in almost one hundred years. In addition, the ACRO will perform Latin American inspired pieces by composers from Harlem's Clef Club, an African American musical organization formed by James Reese Europe in the 'teens. The concert will also feature compositions by composers from Latin American countries who were inspired by American Ragtime music.
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), Tom Roberts is originally from Pittsburgh and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on ragtime, stride and early jazz piano in the world. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential and accomplished pianist of our time. Roberts has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Kiellor. He was the featured pianist at the International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich, Switzerland in 2001 and 2009. He was pianist for Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in New York City (recent Grammy winners for the soundtrack to Boardwalk Empire) and pianist and musical director for Leon Redbone for six years. As an arranger, Roberts has arranged and performed music for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator, starring Leonardo Di Caprio; 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.
Recently, Roberts has composed new musical scores for The Charlie Chaplin films, One A.M., and, The Rink, through a commision from The Pittsburgh Symphony. The scores were premiered at The Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg Germany and then performed in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall in May 2012 as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Paris Festival The City of Light. He is currently working on a score for a newly restored version of The Pawnshop.
About Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute.
Located in Monroeville, PA, Med Health Services' and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institutes' outpatient diagnostic testing facilities provide physicians, clinics, nursing homes and personal care facilities in the Tri-State area with the diagnostic testing services that are essential to the basic management of patient care. For nearly 30 years, the specially trained and certified MHS-PCI technicians have provided CLIA Certified Medical Chemistry laboratory Services, Patient Walk-In Laboratory Draw Station, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Echocardiography, Holter Monitoring, Nerve Conduction Testing and X-Ray. A pioneer in a multi-specialty group practice of outpatient medicine, Med Health Services operates more than 80 conveniently located offices and walk-in laboratory draw stations to meet the needs of patients and their families. Specially trained and certified personnel also travel to physician offices or medical facilities to provide STAT, bedside diagnostic laboratory, nuclear medicine and ultrasound services. Each outpatient facility is certified by the American College of Radiology and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories . (www.medhealthservices.com)
About the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies. Based in Pittsburgh (Oakland), the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is internationally renowned for its wealth of resources on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). CLAS continually seeks to expand and enrich LAC resources to offer students multidisciplinary academic training programs of the highest quality. Also disseminating knowledge beyond the University, CLAS develops, coordinates, and presents outreach programs for the K-12 educational community, colleges and universities, the business and professional sectors, and the general public. Activities include lectures, films, workshops, conferences, art exhibits, musical performances, and an annual Latin American and Caribbean festival. CLAS has earned recognition for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education and in community outreach. CLAS has been designated as a comprehensive National Resource Center on Latin America by the U.S. Department of Education. (http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/about.html)
About Shady Side Academy. Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional five-day boarding experience in high school. Three age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. (www.shadysideacademy.org)
About The Hillman Center for Performing Arts. The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, established in 2004, is one of Western Pennsylvania's newest cultural venues. Its flagship offering, the Hillman Performing Arts Series, presents programs of excellence that represent Pittsburgh's cultural traditions while celebrating global artistic innovation. Special emphasis is placed on family-friendly programming. (www.thehillman.org)
Med Health Services
Univ. of Pitt Center for Latin American Studies
Luz Amanda Hank
"The Americas-In Concert" Committee Members
Oliver W. Caminos, MD, President
Kathleen DeWalt, Vice President
Olga Figallo, Secretary
Josephine Caminos Oría, Treasurer
Lilly Abreu, Member at Large
Victor Beltran, Member at Large
Marcela Böhm-Vélez, MD, Member at Large
Alfred A. Caminos, Member at Large
Nadya Stoyanova Caminos, Member at Large
Ernesto Contenti, Member at Large
Martin de San Martin, Member at Large
John Frechione, Member at Large
Karen Goldman, Member at Large
Luz Amanda Hank, Member at Large
Rafael Vélez, MD, Member at Large