Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents pianist Christopher O'Riley in concert in the Atherton Studio on Saturday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. He will perform works by notable modern composers John Adams, Anton Garcia-Abril, and Thomas Ades, as well as his own arrangements of contemporary and classical music.
O'Riley is the Host of From the Top, NPR's popular program showcasing young musicians, and is in Honolulu to tape an episode at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on December 2 at 8:00 p.m. (Tickets for the Honolulu taping of From the Top available at bit.ly/hprfromthetop.) Audiences will be able to enjoy this world-class musician in the intimate Atherton performance space on the Studio's Bösendorfer piano. A reception with light refreshments follows the concert.
Reservations for O'Riley's Atherton appearance may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets for this premium event are $60 and include the post-show reception; service fees are applied to online orders. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open a half hour before the performance. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged as the house is frequently sold out before the performance date.
About the artist
Christopher O’Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music through media, contemporary music, and innovative programming. In addition to hosting From the Top’s radio and television programs and appearing with top orchestras and festivals around the world, O’Riley is also an interpreter of some of the most important contemporary popular music of our time. He lives by the Duke Ellington adage, “there are only two kinds of music, good music and bad.” O’Riley has performed two-piano arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos with Argentine pianist Pablo Ziegler and collaborated with choreographer Martha Clarke in a work which sets the staged stories of Anton Chekhov to the piano works of Alexander Scriabin. He has recorded two discs of his own re-imaginings of Radiohead songs, as well as that of singer/songwriter Nick Drake, and a tribute to Elliot Smith. In 2009 he drew from the works of Nirvana, REM, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, and Portishead among others in Out of My Hands. In 2011, O’Riley teamed up with cellist Matt Haimovitz on Shuffle.Play.Listen., a collaboration that plumbs the virtuosic possibilities of their instruments and blurs the boundaries between classical and pop music. In O’Riley’s Liszt, released in 2013, he delves into the transcriptions of Franz Liszt, adding his own touches and insight to the music of Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Schubert, and Schumann. O’Riley is a recipient of top prizes and awards from the Van Cliburn Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grants. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory in Boston.