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Laurie Niles

Pianist Christopher O'Riley Playing in LA Area

January 18, 2007 at 9:03 PM

The great thing about shameless promotion is, there's no shame in it!


Come see the New West Symphony!

Pianist Christopher O'Riley will play the Brahms Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15 with the New West Symphony, which will also play The Moldau by Smetana and Borodin's Symphony No. 2.

Performances are tonight in Brentwood, Friday in Oxnard and Saturday in Thousand Oaks. Here's ticket info.

Yours truly is enjoying the chance to play one of the few second violin parts that consistently appears as an excerpt in major orchestral auditions: mm 238-275 in the concerto's third movement.

Not to talk shop, here!

My friend Melissa tells me that O'Riley, who is well-known in the classical world, has been doing quite a bit of crossover work. As his MySpace page says, he's been riffing on Radiohead, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Cocteau Twins, Tori Amos, Tears For Fears, REM, etc. So I'm hoping the audience demands a few encores!

From Terez Mertes
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 12:59 AM
Ooh, great pic!

Hope you have fun performing, as well.

From Elizabeth Smith
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 1:31 AM
Chris is also the host of From The Top. We were just chilling, and I mean that literally, with him at the Malibu show last weekend.
From Richard Hellinger
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 2:50 AM
A lot of classical music stars are now using Myspace for self promotion now.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 7:20 AM
I just realized that he is the host of From the Top! So, okay, you guys, I just started my MySpace page and I need friends. Robert and Melissa are lonely on there by themselves....
From Laurie Niles
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 8:21 AM
Caeli, it actually SNOWED in Malibu yesterday! Unheard of!
From Scott 68
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 6:24 PM
ive heard him play on that show from the top on the radio - he can really play and knows his music well
From Richard Hellinger
Posted on January 19, 2007 at 8:15 PM

No longer will Robert and Melissa go lonely! I'll add you as a friend!

From Neil Cameron
Posted on January 20, 2007 at 12:55 AM
I don't think either Laurie or Melissa would EVER go lonely. ;)


From Laurie Niles
Posted on January 20, 2007 at 7:32 AM
yay! Thanks!

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