DEARBORN — Called the “rock star of classical music,” world renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley will perform with the Dearborn Symphony at its season opener at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Tickets ranging from $15 to $30 in balcony and main level are available by phoning the Symphony at 313-565-2424 or at the theater box office at 313-943-2354. Go to www.dearbornsymphony.org for more information.
Under the baton of Conductor Kypros Markou, the night’s program begins with Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld Overture,” described by Markou as “champagne” that includes the famous “Can-Can,” followed by Schubert’s “Symphony No. 2” that he says “will make the audience dance.”
O’Riley will bring the concert to a climax with Tchaikovsky’s “1st Piano Concert,” the piece that propelled Van Cliburn to a successful career when he won the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. O’Riley himself was a finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1981. One of the best loved of all concertos, it is spontaneous, lyrical and full of surging excitement.
“Infectious passion,” the Los Angeles Times described O’Riley.
“O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity,” The Washington Post said.
O’Riley’s long list of credits includes winner of many prestigious awards including the Leeds, Van Cliburn, Busoni and Montreal competition, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
He has appeared with such well-known orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the symphonies of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Colorado, Atlanta and Baltimore.
O’Riley is the popular host of “From the Top,” distributed on National Public Radio and now TV, and is critically acclaimed for his transcriptions of the music of Radiohead and Nirvana. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide.
His exquisite and poetic interpretations have granted him phenomenal reviews and recording contracts with labels like Sony Classical. From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his unforgettable interpretations of classic and new repertoire, O’Riley redefines the possibilities of classical music. He takes his unique vision to both traditional classical music venues and symphonic settings, as well as to entirely new audiences on the radio, TV, performances halls, universities and even clubs.
For more information on O’Riley, go to his website, http://christopheroriley.com.
The Dearborn Symphony has partnered with local restaurants for “Dinner and a Concert.” The restaurants offer a 20 percent discount to symphony ticket holders on concert nights. Advance reservations are recommended at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, Big Fish, Kiernan’s Steak House and Silky’s, LaPita, The Dearborn Inn and Tria at The Henry.