Christopher O’Riley Performs Two Unique Shows at ArtPower
True Love Awaits: The Music of Radiohead and with The New York Chamber Soloists
La Jolla, C.A.—ArtPower at UC San Diego presents Christopher O’Riley for two different shows on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20–21, at 8 p.m. The host of NPR’s From the Top is bringing his engaging piano performance to UC San Diego.
On Wednesday, April 20, O’Riley performs from his album True Love Waits: The Music of Radiohead. A huge fan of Radiohead, one of modern rock’s most acclaimed and texturally complex bands, O’Riley offers a fresh interpretation of the band’s music. Through his insightful playing, he produces a hypnotic, compelling, and enlightening listening experience. The performance takes place at The Loft at UC San Diego. Tickets are $18–$28 and can be ordered online at boxoffice.ucsd.edu or by calling the box office at 858.534.TIXS (8497). Additional program information can be found at artpower.ucsd.edu.
The following night, on April 21 at 8 p.m., O’Riley is joined by the New York Chamber Soloists for a diverse program cataloging arguably the most forward pushing composers to exist in the western art music canon. The Thursday program includes Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 for clarinet, cello, and piano; Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat for clarinet, violin, and piano; Bartók’s Piano Sonata and Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano; and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello. Acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, the New York Chamber Soloists have maintained a monumental and secure niche in the chamber music realm for over five decades. The evening performance is part of ArtPower’s chamber music series and takes place at the Department of Music’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UC San Diego, with a pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $36–54 and can be ordered online at boxoffice.ucsd.edu or by calling the box office at 858.534.TIXS (8497). Additional program information can be found at artpower.ucsd.edu.
About Christopher O’Riley
Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top where he introduces the next generation of classical music stars to almost a million listeners each week. He has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences—not only by performing as a soloist on piano for with virtually all the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony—but also through piano arrangements of iconic rock groups such as Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana. He has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a four-star review from Rolling Stone magazine. With all this under his belt, it is only natural to say that O’Riley is an essential, prolific, and truly multi-talented bridge between pop culture and the world of classical music.
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