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‘Colorful Characters’ take center stage in University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s Campana Chapel

Mary Pickels
Violinist, and Carnegie Mellon University director of music entrepreneurship, Monique Mead will perform in concert at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg's Campana Chapel on Dec. 9.
Tom Roberts will perform jazz piano at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg's Campana Chapel Dec. 9.
Opera singer Colin Aikins from Lower Burrell will be part of the Dec. 9 'Colorful Characters' concert at Campana Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

‘Colorful Characters’ take center stage

Violinist Monique Mead and pianist Tom Roberts will perform an evening of character pieces and legendary tales of great Jewish musicians at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s Campana.

The program, “Colorful Characters,” is part of the Congregation Emanu-El Israel’s Festival of the Jewish Arts in Greensburg.

It will feature works by George Gershwin, Jascha Hiefetz, Aaron Copland, Erich Korngold and Ernest Bloch, among others.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the concert is free and open to the public.

Mead, director of music entreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University, has drawn international acclaim for her programs with major orchestras and festivals in the United States and Europe. She also trains orchestral musicians to be teaching artists.

Roberts, a Pittsburgh native, is considered a leading exponent of early jazz piano and has performed on “The Tonight Show,” “The Statler Brothers Show” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”

His accomplishments include arranging and performing the soundtrack music for Martin Scorsese’s film “The Aviator” and several titles for the film “DeLovely.”

He also has arranged music for the show “Riverwalk Jazz,” and a number of pieces for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the music of Louis Armstrong.

Tenor Colin Aikins, 18, of Lower Burrell, also will perform. A senior at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School in Oakland, Aikins has won national competitions and will perform at Carnegie Hall this month, according to a news release.

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­— Mary Pickels

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