Movies and TV

Renowned pianist and composer brings new life to Chaplin films

Pianist Tom Roberts has performed on the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” arranged music for a number of jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, and arranged and performed music for Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” among others. One of his more recent passions includes composing original scores for silent films starring Charlie Chaplin, two of which he will bring to Penn State New Kensington at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28 in the Forum Theatre.

Tom Roberts

Renowned pianist Tom Roberts brings his silent film festival to Penn State New Kensington on Nov. 28. Roberts composed new scores for Charlie Chaplin film, including the two that will be shown at the campus: "The Rink" and "The Pawn Shop." The composer will perform and narrate the movies and be joined by Mary Beth Malek, clarinetist.

John Siciliano at Valley High School Track

John Siciliano, actor and Paralympian, will serve as Penn State New Kensington's keynote speaker during New Student Days on Aug. 16. Siciliano graduated from Springdale High School, not far from the New Kensington campus. The actor, shown here at nearby Valley High School track, has returned to Penn. after living in Los Angeles for 20 years. Siciliano hopes his story will help motivate students to follow their dreams.

John Siciliano

John Siciliano, actor and Paralympian, will serve as Penn State New Kensington's keynote speaker during New Student Days on Aug. 16. Siciliano hopes his story will help motivate students to follow their dreams.