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Hillman Center Presents Free Jazz Concert by The Falbo Trio Dec. 1

The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy will present the Pittsburgh-based jazz ensemble The Falbo Trio on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the show is open to the public with no tickets required. The performance will take place in the Peter J. Kountz Black Box Theater of the Hillman Center, located on the SSA Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel.

The Falbo Trio, led by SSA alumnus Ralph Falbo ’88, has been playing together for more than five years. The trio features Ralph Falbo on piano, his son, Charlie Falbo, on guitar, and Lisa Marinacci on vocals. As a drummerless group, The Falbo Trio fills a unique niche in the Pittsburgh jazz landscape. The trios of Nat Cole, Monty Alexander and Diana Krall are major influences on the group’s music. Learn more at

The Falbo Trio

Ralph Falbo ‘88 is a classical and jazz pianist who studied with Bobby Cardillo and David Budway while growing up in Pittsburgh. In high school at SSA, he was accepted into summer jazz programs at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Pittsburgh, where he was mentored by Harry Connick Jr. and Emily Remler. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of Notre Dame. More recently, he has composed a number of pieces (many of which Marinacci has written lyrics for) that the trio performs.

The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, established in 2004, presents programs that represent Pittsburgh’s cultural traditions while celebrating global artistic innovation. In addition, the Hillman Center strives to foster an accessible environment for all patrons to explore and enjoy fine art. Special emphasis is placed on family-friendly programming. Learn more at

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