O'Riley is known to the public not only as a piano recitalist, but also as the host of popular classical radio show, "From the Top," which introduces new Classical music performers. The show has been going on for 15 years and currently reaches audiences through more than 200 radio stations every week.
He’s a well-respected classical pianist and the host of NPR’s From the Top, heard locally Saturday mornings at 9am on 90.9 WGUC. Christopher O’Riley joined David Lewis to discuss his long-running radio program and preview his September 28 performance as part of the Xavier University Music Series.
Almost from birth, Polina Bespalko’s life has been filled with music. Records of the great classicists spun endlessly in her Russian home. Her first piano lessons began before she was old enough to count all 88 keys.
Christopher O’Riley is the host of “From the Top”, a popular radio show that showcases young talent. He will be at SCPA on September 29 after his concert opening the Xavier Music Series on September 28.
Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. Now in his fifteenth year on air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.
Polina Bespalko is challenging stuffy perceptions about classical music in her second season as coordinator of Xavier University's Music Series. She's starting by introducing young artists who are putting the glamour back into classical music.
The Xavier Music Series is one of the most prestigious and longest running music series throughout the country, featuring classical piano, classical guitar and swing. Their mission is to contribute artistically and intellectually to the cultural life of their university and throughout our community.
The new organizers of the Xavier Piano Series – and the accompanying Guitar and Swing Series – hope to increase visibility by collaborating with other arts groups, using social media and by improving the experience for concert-goers and artists alike.