Christopher O’Riley, a classical pianist who has appeared with every major orchestra, veers off into another world in his concert “Out of My Hands,” coming to Staller Center on Saturday, April 2, at 8:00 pm. His latest performances stretch the piano beyond the classical repertoire and into the rich uncharted territory of contemporary and alt-rock. His concert in the intimate Staller Center Recital Hall will appeal to a wide range of music lovers.
As host of the popular NPR music program, “From the Top,” O’Riley is well known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. Announcing the program from the stage O’Riley will share discoveries from the familiar to the fresh, from Robert Pollard to Rickie Lee Jones to Maurice Ravel, A Perfect Circle to Piazzolla; Thomas Ades’s “Darknesse Visible” to Tears for Fears’ “Mad World,” to Toru Takemitsu to Nine Inch Nails.
His latest White Tie Classics/Mesa-BlueMoon release, Out of My Hands, includes music of R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Bad Plus, The Smiths, and Tears for Fears as well as material from Radiohead and a newly released song by Elliott Smith.
O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation, touring extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician. He has released numerous recordings on a variety of labels including SONY, Harmonia Mundi, and now White Tie Records.
Tickets are $34. Order online at stallercenter.com or call the Staller Center Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS.