On April 12 at 7:00pm in the Storytelling Wing, our community has the privilege of hearing a performance by one of our nation’s finest pianists and music educators, Christopher O’Riley. A virtuoso pianist and host of National Public Radio’s classical music program “From the Top,” O’Riley lives by Duke Ellington’s observation that there are only two kinds of music—“the good kind and . . . the other kind.” It has become O’Riley’s life mission to introduce audiences to the first kind, wherever it may be found.
The quest to seek out quality music wherever it may be found and to share it with new audiences has been the hallmark of Christopher O’Riley’s musical career. His impressive, diverse history includes being a soloist with virtually every major American orchestra, an NPR host, and a self-professed fanatic of the English rock band Radiohead. He performs around the world and has achieved critical acclaim from sources such as Rolling Stone magazine, the LA Times, and The Washington Post for his thoughtful juxtapositions of classical and popular music.
Additionally, O’Riley is a prolific recording artist, recording the music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Liszt, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, and John Adams for Sony Classical, Oxingale Records, RCA Red Seal, Decca, and Harmonia Mundi. Along with his classical repertoire, he has composed and recorded piano arrangements of the music of Nirvana, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Elliott Smith, Cocteau Twins, and Arcade Fire. His first album of Radiohead arrangements, True Love Waits, received a coveted four-star review from Rolling Stone magazine.
Christopher O’Riley’s performance will highlight some of his favorite music gathered from eclectic genres, artists, and styles. Don’t miss what is sure to be a stellar, high-quality event of the library’s 2016 programming.