Pianist offers twist on popular culture

Published 11:59 pm Friday, September 16, 2011

The Troy Arts Council will present Christopher O’Riley in concert Monday night, Sept. 26, at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.

Dr. William Denison, TAC president, said O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation.

“Christopher O’Riley tours extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and has appeared with every major orchestra,” Denison said. “He has released numerous recordings on a variety of labels.

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“O’Riley is well-known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. His latest performances stretch the piano beyond the classical repertoire and into contemporary and alternative-rock.”

Since the release of “True Love Waits,” O’Riley’s reimagining of works by Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake have received critical accolades and international acclaim, including the only four-star review ever given to a classical pianist by “Rolling Stone.”

Prior to the Christopher O’Riley concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, everyone will be invited to an informal meet-and-greet the artist event at 1 p.m. at the Claudia Crosby Theater.

“We hope that the townspeople will take this opportunity to meet Christopher O’Riley,” Denison said. “He is very personable and everyone will enjoy meeting him. He especially relates to students and our hopes are that university and high school music students will have a chance to attend.”

On Tuesday morning, O’Riley will conduct a master class at the Claudia Crosby Theater.

“University and local piano students will have an opportunity to play for him and get his comments,” Denison said. “This will be a unique opportunity for students and one of great benefit.”

The master class with O’Riley is a continuation of the Troy Arts Council’s community outreach efforts.

“The TAC reaches out to various populations with its programming,” Denison said. “We hope to be able to extend our programs to the schools as often as possible. We are looking at ways to include local schools in many of our programs for the 2011-12 calendar of events.”

Tickets for the Christopher O’Riley concert are $20 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. For advance tickets call 334-670-2288. Tickets will be available at the door.