Christopher O’Riley Bridges Pop and Classical at Colonial August 17 [Berkshire on Stage]

August 16th, 2012, 11:00 am by Sara

Christopher O'Riley

Pianist and visionary Christopher O’Riley will play selections from Radiohead, The Cocteau Twins, Arcade Fire and more at The Colonial Theatre on Friday, August 17 at 8pm at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The event is sponsored by WMHT.

O’Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, on the radio and on his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audiences worldwide.

Christopher O’Riley differs from other artists in two ways. First, his repertoire spans classical styles, from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Busoni to contemporary artists such as Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd and Elliott Smith. He is the definition of a Classical Crossover artist. Second, O’Riley ‘s unique, passionate and heartfelt piano interpretations of both classical and popular music create unforgettable musical performances and astonishing audience experiences. His most famous recording, Radiohead’s True Love Waits album, was awarded four stars in Rolling Stone magazine. It has also created a dedicated and diverse fan base that appeals to all ages, uniting them through music.

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Be Here Now: Christopher O’Riley & Carter Brey @ Tannery Pond

May 19th, 2009, 11:30 am by Greg

Sonatas from the pens of Richard Strauss, Francis Poulenc and Frederic Chopin are all on the program when cellist Carter Brey and pianist Christopher O’Riley kick off the 2009 summer season of chamber concerts at Tannery Pond at 3pm Sunday, May 24.

So it might come as something of a surprise to note that O’Riley’s most recent recording – which you can hear at his MySpace page – is a nine-minute, knotty ‘n’ dissonant solo piano arrangement of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.”

Or if you’re already familiar with O’Riley – who has also hosted the weekly NPR program “From the Top” for a decade – maybe it won’t surprise you at all, considering that he has previously recorded compositions by the likes of Nick Drake, Portishead, Elliott Smith, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.

So who knows just what he might pull out of his hat as an encore at Tannery Pond?

Christopher O’Riley
& Carter Brey
Tannery Pond
Route 20, New Lebannon
3pm Sunday, May 24

Listen: Carter Brey and Christopher O’Riley, Live at NPR, 2004

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