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Gracie Theatre presents Christopher O'Riley

April 10, 2013
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Critically acclaimed pianist will feature music of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and others 

BANGOR Christopher O'Riley, recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation and host of the popular NPR music program 'From the Top,' is appearing in concert at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $5 for students with any school ID. Tickets are available at www.gracietheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 941-7888.

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 the rich uncharted territory of contemporary and alt-rock. The concert at the Gracie is part of the Gracie's Classical Concert Series, and seeks to push the boundaries of the series by offering music that extends beyond the classical canon. 'We wanted a concert that appeals to a wide range of music lovers, and O'Riley's music and adaptations offer a fascinating array of styles inter-woven brilliantly. It would be wonderful for students in particular to take advantage of the opportunity to hear music they know and enjoy, reimagined by O'Riley,' said Jeri Misler, the Gracie Theatre's managing director.

The recital will include hits from O'Riley's latest White Tie Classics/Mesa-BlueMoon release, 'Out Of My Hands,' featuring music of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Elliot Smith, Tears for Fears as well as from classical composers Chopin and Ravel. Announcing his program from the stage, O'Riley enjoys sharing discoveries from this past season of 'From The Top' guests, including alum Tim Woos (a World Premiere piece written when he was 15 years old). His music reportedly flows seamlessly from one genre to another, from the familiar to the fresh. 

Since the triumphant release of 'True Love Waits,' pianist Christopher O'Riley's reimaginings of alt-rock music have garnered critical accolades and international acclaim, including the only four-star review ever given by 'Rolling Stone' to a classical pianist. O'Riley tours extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and has appeared with every major orchestra. He has released numerous recordings on a variety of labels including SONY, Harmonia Mundi and now White Tie Records.

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