Begin your Thanksgiving holiday week in Lincoln Hall with the exuberantly joyous Ragtime music of the eight-piece Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra, led by world renowned stride pianist, accomplished composer and musical archaeologist Tom Roberts, on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall.
The concert also will honor the memory of the late Patricia Ann Steffee, long time Board member and ARCA founder, who was a great fan and friend of Tom Roberts. This concert is lovingly sponsored by generous gifts in memory of Patricia Steffee from Ronald and Judith Montgomery and Dr. C. J. and Susan Sutherland.
Leading from the piano and serving as a delightful program host, Tom Roberts, will reintroduce audiences to the forgotten ragtime composers of Pittsburgh, sharing an extraordinary trove of hidden musical gems he has unearthed – and provide commentary on the roots of Ragtime and its unique connection to Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. In this unique concert, The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra will perform compositions from the original orchestrations of the great composers of the ragtime era, including: Scott Joplin, James Scott, Joseph Lamb and Tom Turpin.
Before the Thanksgiving holiday, what could be more American Apple Pie than feeling the “ragged” rhythms of Ragtime that uplifted the spirits of a generation a hundred years ago – and that most likely was performed a hundred years ago in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, founded in 1909 by the Fox family.
“ … In our humble opinion Tom Roberts is without question one of
the finest pianists today in the exciting Harlem stride piano style…“ JazzBeat Magazine
Leave refreshed and ready for the holidays, having enjoyed this delightful program with your family and friends, which received rave reviews on its last performance for ARCA in 2014 and everywhere it has been performed.
Tickets are Adults $25, Members $20 and Students $5. Buy online here or call to reserve tickets, call 724 659-3153. For more concert information check out ARCA’s website.
After the concert, Meet-the-Artists at a wine and cheese reception and Opening for the Holiday Art Show & Exhibit next door at The Red Brick Gallery & Gift Shop. Begin your holiday shopping early and get your fresh-cut Christmas tree, which will be available at the gallery for a $20 donation.
Formed in 2013, The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra takes its name from Allegheny City, known today 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 100 years… around the time of the founding of Lincoln Hall by the Fox family in nearby Foxburg.
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 1910s. The concert will also feature compositions by composers from Latin American countries who were inspired by American Ragtime music.
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).
Tom has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Statler Brothers Show on TNN and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He was the featured pianist at the International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, 2001 and 2009. Tom was the pianist for Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in New York City (recent Grammy winners for the soundtrack to Boardwalk Empire) and the 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 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 throughout Europe as a member of multiple ensembles from New Orleans and as a member of The Ortner Roberts Duo.
Tom has recorded over 40 albums and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.