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Renowned Pianist, “From the Top” Host Christopher O’Riley to Perform with LSU Symphony Orchestra in Mesquite Feb. 25

12/20/2011 11:08 AM

BATON ROUGE – Christopher O’Riley, an acclaimed pianist and host of National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program, will perform with the LSU Symphony Orchestra during a concert event on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite, Texas. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.


Under the direction of Carlos Riazuelo, the orchestra will perform Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón No. 2” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 4 in G major.” After an intermission, O’Riley will play piano with the orchestra on the event’s featured performance of Ludwig von Beethoven’s “Emperor,” a concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major.


O’Riley – who also performed with the LSU Symphony Orchestra in its opening concert of the 2011 season – is the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts’ first James M. Syler Visiting Distinguished Artist in Residence. As part of his residency, he has visited LSU on numerous occasions to perform and hold master classes, as well as to record an episode of “From the Top,” a National Public Radio program which highlights young, classically trained musicians. To learn more about O’Riley and “From the Top,” visit or


Premium seating tickets, which include access to a special reception, are $45 each, while general seating are $20 each and $10 tickets are available for students, seniors and active members of the military. Tickets are available online at


For more information, visit the LSU School of Music website at or contact Miriam Overton at 225-578-8594 or email

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