Pianist returns for 'From the Top' program

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 3:28pm

BATON ROUGE, LA – Christopher O’Riley, renowned pianist and host of National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program, will return to Baton Rouge and the LSU School of Music Sept. 19-23.

During his visit, O’Riley will conduct master classes with students in the LSU School of Music. He will also perform with several School of Music faculty members and students during a chamber music concert, featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich.

The concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU School of Music Building’s recital hall.

LSU School of Music faculty members accompanying O’Riley in the performance include violinist Espen Lilleslatten, cellist Dennis Parker, bassoonist Gabriel Beavers, clarinetist Robert DiLutis and French horn player Seth Orgel. Graduate students performing include violinists Kate Lisman and Paula Bujes, as well as violist Sarah Perkins.

O’Riley is the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts’ first James M. Syler Visiting Distinguished Artist in Residence. Last year, he visited the LSU campus to record an episode of “From The Top,” a National Public Radio program which highlights young, classically trained musicians.

Click here to learn more about Christopher O’Riley and “From The Top."

“From the Top” airs locally on WRKF Radio 89.3 FM on Sundays at 7 p.m. followed by “LSU School of Music Presents,” hosted by Constance Navratil, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Sept. 23 concert are $28 each for general audience, $19 for LSU faculty and staff and $15 for students. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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