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These classically-trained musicians, aged 8­­–18, astonish audiences with skill and musical dexterity. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, facing the same familiar challenges while chasing their dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.

Presented by The Schubert Club & The Ordway

Christopher O’Riley

Christopher O'Riley portrait by Wendy LynchAcclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, From the Top host Christopher O’Riley performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.

O’Riley has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. In addition, O’Riley has performed recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

Living by the Duke Ellington adage “There are only two kinds of music, good music and bad,” O’Riley – a proponent of the former in all of its guises – has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and an equally coveted four-star review from Rolling Stone magazine. O’Riley strives to introduce new audiences to classical music with an almost missionary zeal by performing piano arrangements of music by Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana alongside traditional classical repertoire. He has collaborated for many years with the flutist Sir James Galway and cellists Matt Haimovitz and Carter Brey.

A prolific recording artist, O’Riley has recorded the music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Liszt, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, and John Adams for Sony Classical, Oxingale Records, RCA Red Seal, Decca, and Harmonia Mundi.

Christopher O’Riley splits his time between Los Angeles and rural Ohio. For full bio, photos, and more information, visit him online at

Date & Venue

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3pm
Ordway Concert Hall


  • 18-year-old violinist Emma Richman from Minneapolis
  • The Taggart Duo, including brother and sister pianists, 13-year-old Emma and 9-year-old Jacob Taggart from Blaine
  • Second-prize winner of the Cooper International Piano Competition, 17-year-old pianist Evren Ozel from Minneapolis who is currently studying at Walnut Hill Arts Academy in Natick, Mass.
  • Also featured will be the Stillwater Area High School Choir.

Concert is estimated to be approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. This performance does not have an intermission.

The show is available on that Monday (November 28) online or via the podcast at MPR airs From the Top on Sundays, so this show will be aired on Sunday, December 4.

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It's O'Riley, through his easy rapport with the young artists - both as host and as their supportive accompanist - who sets the show's accessible tone.

Los Angeles Times

Christopher O'Riley is arguably the coolest guy in the business...with unassailable credentials in the classical music world.

The Oregonian, Portland