Christopher O'Riley

Caitlin Cunningham

NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the hit radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent—instrumentalists and vocalists ages 8 to 18—for its live recording on September 9, 2018 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.

Whether it's warranted or not, classical music wonks are perennially worried about the next generation of fans.

It seems there's less need to fret when you hear cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley. Some 15 years ago, they were already chipping away at the barriers — both real and perceived — between classical and pop.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to three cutting-edge events happening simultaneously over the coming weeks in Philadelphia: The Crossing Choir's Month of Moderns Festival, Bowerbird's festival devoted to the music of Morton Feldman (including the composer's six-hour string quartet) and Opera Company of Philadelphia's U.S. premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra.

Jim Cotter speaks with Christopher O'Riley, pianist and host of the popular national radio program From the Top.

Pianist Christopher O'Riley/Gettysburg Festival Preview

Jun 11, 2010

Join Jill Pasternak for a preview of the arts-oriented Gettysburg Festival, which is scheduled for June 18 to 27, 2010, and includes a live taping of the show From the Top. Guests include From the Top Host Christopher O'Riley, and Gettysburg Festival Executive Director Alice Estrada.Gettysburg Festival (preview)

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We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist and broadcaster Christopher O'Riley. His latest CD will release on August 18th.

Jason Peifer explores Hopewell Furnace. The colonial era "iron plantation" - now a National Historic Landmark - recreates the business, technology, and lifestyle of America's nascent industrial age.

Susan Lewis explores the "French connection" between America and the Emperor of early 19th-century France in an exhibition on Napoleon at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

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We listen back to Jim Cotter's interview with pianist and broadcaster Christopher O'Riley.

Jason Peifer explores how the skills and traditions of folk art are being passed on through apprenticeships.

Susan Lewis considers the history and contemporary mission of the Philadelphia Zoo, the nation's first zoological garden.

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Jim Cotter speaks with Christopher O'Riley. The broadcaster and pianist is in recital at the Kimmel Center on Feb 29th.

Susan Lewis explores the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Jason Peifer has a behind the scenes look at the role of the stage manager. We'll hear from stage managers of the Arden Theatre, the Wilma Theater, and the Walnut Street Theater.

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Christopher O'Riley, pianist

Jul 1, 2006

ill Pasternak hosts pianist Christopher O'Riley in this week's Crossover. O'Riley, affable host of From the Top (which will follow today's Crossover program), is also a very busy performer with a wide range of repertoire that includes his improvisations on music of Radiohead, and contemporary keyboard music.