O’Riley renews CAS piano concerts

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 13, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series’ Piano Concerts return with Christopher O’Riley, who will perform his solo show, “Out of My Hands,” as a part of BU’s celebration of its 175th anniversary.

Celebrity Artist Series

The performance will be on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.

O’Riley, pianist and national media personality, has performed worldwide and hosted NPR’s “From the Top,” a program that showcases young classical musicians. With a repertoire that includes classics by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Busoni as well as re-imagined pieces by contemporary artists, he unites his fan base by bridging classical and popular music.

“Out of My Hands” includes 12 classical piano transcriptions of songs taken from the repertoire of pop and rock ’n’ roll artists such as Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Elliot Smith, The Smiths and Nirvana.

Upcoming Celebrity Artist Series productions

Celebrity Artist Series

  • “American Idiot,” Broadway tour of show based on Green Day’s multi-platinum album – Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $45
  • “Swan Lake,” classical ballet, romantic tale of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette – Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $35
  • The Pedrito Martinez Group, world-class conga player, singer and bandleader – Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets: complimentary but required.

For tickets, visit bloomu.edu/CAS or call the box office at 570-389-4409.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.