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Nov. 12, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Christopher O'Riley will perform in concert Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"O'Riley brings his very own transcriptions of songs by the cult-classic British band Radiohead along with piano classics in the form of Piano Preludes and Fugues by the late Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. Christopher O'Riley first performed in the Weis Center over a decade ago.

Host of "From the Top," a nationally heard NPR program showcasing the performances of young musicians, O'Riley began transcribing Radiohead songs for solo piano in 1997 and performing the music on his show. His `obsession' led to the CD "True Love Waits: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead" in 2003.

"O'Riley can — and often does — play anything. He is avidly interested in music of all kinds. Along with his amazing pianistic virtuosity, this gives him wide-ranging appeal which has made him one of the major figures in American music today," said Boswell.

O'Riley also will give a meet-the-artist lecture-demonstration Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. This lecture-demonstration is open to the public without charge.

Tickets for the Friday evening concert are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

The 2004-05 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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