Spotlight on Christopher O’Riley

Photo by Wendy Lynch

So often on this blog we highlight the accomplishments of our young musicians, but today we’re turning the spotlight on our very own host, Christopher O’Riley.

As an acclaimed pianist, Christopher doesn’t just host From the Top. He does concerts around the country and is a Distinguished Visiting Artist at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 2010 to 2013.

Currently, Christopher is in Baton Rouge for a recital as part of his LSU residency, but he’ll be back in Ohio to open the new season of Cuyahoga Community College’s Classical Piano Recital Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. This event is held at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland and tickets are $10-15, available by calling 216-987-4444.

Take a second and check out this great article that discusses a concert he did last week in the Signature Series at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. Christopher may be well known for his arrangements of popular pop and rock songs, but for this concert he performed Bach’s English Suite No. 6 in D minor and Stravinsky’s “Apollon Musagete,” among other works.

The video interview with Christopher below was produced by Cool Cleveland, and talks about the young musicians on From the Top.

Our fall radio tour takes us to Baton Rouge for a broadcast taping on Tuesday, November 2 at the Union Theater. More information is available here. Hope to see you there!

2 Responses

  1. Christopher O’Riley unwittingly generates interest in his dialogue with music because he is interested in crossing boudaries, exploring and re-interpreting. Nothing really seems off-limits and one gets that impression when he talks with young people. He’s fully engaged in the conversation and seems fascinated with what turns kids on and what they bring to the table with their limited life experiences, some of which are all about music and rehearsing while others are entangled in sibling rivalry, sports, science – all kinds of things. I love listening to From the Top. It teaches a lot about how kids practice, their work ethic, their interpretation of the music, their humor, their struggles and joys. It’s all there and Chris finds a joyous way to make it all so very entertaining. He’s the enthusiastic ringmaster surrounded by a thrilling circus of gifted and talented young performers. I wish he could come to Charleston, South Carolina and be in residence so everyone – young and old – would have the opportunity to see Chris and be turned on to music through his eyes.

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