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Chicago, IL, 60607
7:30 PM (event ends at 9:30 PM)
Christopher O’Riley’s first recording of Radiohead transcriptions, True Love Waits, received four
stars from Rolling Stone and was as critically acclaimed as it was commercially successful. His Hold
Me to This: Christopher O'Riley plays the music of Radiohead followed suit. Tackling the deeply
emotional and complex work from the troubled singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, Home to Oblivion:
An Elliott Smith Tribute drew critical praise from both Classical and pop music critics. O’Riley’s
fourth set of transcriptions from the contemporary popular songbook was Second Grace – The
Music of Nick Drake, a collection of repertoire written and originally recorded by the late enigmatic
British guitar wizard and songwriter. In collaboration with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Oxingale Records
released Shuffle.Play.Listen, including O'Riley's arrangements specially written for the duo of
works by Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, A Perfect Circle, John McLaughlin and Bernard Herrmann.
O'Riley has taken his unique vision to both traditional classical music venues and symphonic
settings, as well as to entirely new audiences on the radio, at universities and clubs. As host of the
most popular classical music radio show ever, National Public Radio's From The Top, O'Riley works
and performs with the next generation of brilliant young musicians, demonstrating to audiences that
these young artists are as interesting and diverse in their personal lives as they are in their music-
making. O’Riley also hosted the Emmy-winning PBS series From the Top from Carnegie Hall.
From early in his career, O’Riley was honored with many awards at the Leeds, Van Cliburn, Busoni
and Montreal competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. O’Riley studied with Russell
Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music.