Saturday, September 21, 2019
7:30 PM Keystone Oaks High School (Dormont, PA)
Enjoy the classic film that launched the “It Girl” sensation of the late 1920s and made a box office star of Clara Bow. Back in 1927, if you had “It,” you had not only beauty and personality, but also an intangible quality that was irresistible! And the public went wild searching for “It.”
Tom Roberts is an expert in silent film accompaniment and is a premier pianist. He played for several years with singer Leon Redbone and also with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra in New York City. He arranged the music for the film The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A long-time resident of Pittsburgh’s North Side, Tom serves as executive director of the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra.
The duo of Tom Roberts and Dale Abraham have accompanied numerous silent movies in the Pittsburgh area. Dale is the current president of the Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society. He also co-hosts 90.5FM WESA’s long running radio program Rhythm Sweet & Hot, featuring vintage music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.
The evening will also feature 16 year old Rowan Belt at the grand piano before the screening of the movie. Rowan’s musical talents are immense, and he will mightily impress the audience.
To purchase tickets, please click on the following link: www.showclix.com/event/clarabow. Admission is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Students are free with ID.
The Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala originally scheduled for April 25, 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society (PATOS) will mark its 50th Anniversary with a special gala occasion featuring the PATOS Mighty Wurlitzer at Keystone Oaks Auditorium in Dormont. This momentous event will include pre-dinner entertainment, followed by a catered dinner, and then a full concert.
“Not many arts organizations survive long enough to celebrate 50 years!” says Dale Abraham, president of the Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society. “We have had the pleasure of maintaining and presenting theatre organ in Pittsburgh for the past 50 years, and we aim to keep the instrument and its unique music alive for decades to come.”
There’s more! Historical photographs and other memorabilia celebrating the evolution of PATOS will be on display in the auditorium lobby. Also expect a door prize or two!
“A fiftieth birthday only comes around once, so we are going to do it up big,” says Dale Abraham.
Theatre Organ Is Back! The Pittsburgh Area Theatre Organ Society (PATOS) returns after nearly 3 years to present Clark Wilson at the Keystone Oaks Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 7:30PM. Clark will bring our theatre organ back to life with lively concert selections, plus expert accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent film Sherlock, Jr.
Tickets are $15 for adults. Children and students admitted free. Purchase tickets online:
Clark is a world-renowned organist and an audience favorite who has graced our stage many times before. He is the house organist at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus and was recently a featured artist at the ATOS Annual Convention in July 2022.
This will be an exciting night! Come celebrate the re-boot of the PATOS mission: preserving the art of theatre organ in Pittsburgh.
The concert will be held in the main auditorium of Keystone Oaks High School, 1000 Kelton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Free parking off McNeilly Rd. Masking optional.
Saturday, November 5, 2022 7:30 PM Keystone Oaks High School (Dormont, PA)
Tedde Gibson returns to Pittsburgh for the first time in four years! Hear the PATOS WurliTzer theatre organ come alive with Gibson’s innovative mix of jazz, gospel, Broadway, and pop stylings, and laugh along with two silent film comedy shorts featuring Harold Lloyd and Fatty Arbuckle. Reflecting on his love of both jazz and sacred music, Tedde says that one of his favorite hymns is Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbheavin’.” Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the country’s most exciting and acclaimed theatre organists!
Admission is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Students are free with ID.