Live at the Gordon Center! -- Piano Sensation Christopher O’Riley to Perform Classical Takes on Classic Cuts Conceived by Alt-Rock Legends Radiohead, Nirvana, & Others

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Appearing at the Gordon Center Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00pm, O’Riley’s provocative re-imaginings on music by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Smiths, and Tears for Fears have earned him numerous accolades, and the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone to a Classical pianist.

International Piano Sensation Christopher O'Riley - Live at the Gordon Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 pm

O'Riley's ear is keen and discerning....He knows his music so well it literally pours forth from his hands.

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts is thrilled to welcome one of the leading pianists of his generation onto the Gordon stage Saturday, December 6 at 8:00pm – the world-renown Christopher O’Riley.

A master classical pianist, O’Riley is also host of the popular NPR music program, From the Top, and is highly regarded 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.

As host of From the Top O’Riley introduces nationwide audiences to the next generation of Classical music stars. His show airs weekly on over 200 stations.

The pianist/radio host lives by the old Duke Ellington adage, “there are only two kinds of music, good music and bad,” genre distinctions notwithstanding. It’s these beliefs that compel him to introduce rock pieces he feels passionately about in concert, and champion under sung masters via From the Top.

O’Riley has released numerous recordings on a variety of labels including SONY, Harmonia Mundi and now White Tie Records, on which he recorded his latest, Out of My Hands, which you will hear performed at the Gordon.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Christopher with us at the Gordon,” said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of the Gordon Center. “He is an artist of the highest capability who tests boundaries both within and beyond musical genres. His musical ear is keen and discerning. He not only understands how different generations have defined and continue to define the music of their times, but he knows his music so well it literally pours forth from his hands.”

Nothing compares to hearing O’Riley live on stage, but to hear a sample track from Out of My Hands, go to

This concert is sponsored by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust. Tickets are $28 in advance; $32 at the door, and may be ordered online at The Gordon Center is located on the campus of the Rosenbloom JCC at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117. The Box Office can be reached at 410.356.7469.


The Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts is Baltimore County’s premiere arts destination. The Gordon Center offers an eclectic variety of professional entertainment in music, theater, dance, family programming and film. You will experience world-class acoustics in an intimate, state-of-the-art venue. Free parking in well-lit spaces, handicap accessible, and equipped with a special RF system for the hearing impaired, the Gordon Center can be enjoyed by all.

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