From the Top’s Christopher O’Riley Reimagines Liszt at International Beethoven Project

The International Beethoven Project will present pianist Christopher O’Riley performing selections from his new album of Franz Liszt transcriptions, O’Riley’s Liszt, on Monday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Merit School of Music.  The pianist’s latest project reimagines Liszt’s transcriptions of works by Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Schubert, and Schumann with O’Riley’s own touches and insight.

Known to many for his work with young musicians as the host of NPR’s From the Top, Christopher O’Riley has also received critical acclaim for his transcriptions of Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, and other rock musicians.

“As a constantly innovating artist and media personality, Christopher O’Riley represents the type of boundary-pushing musician the International Beethoven Project believes is most relevant in the 21st century,” says President and Artistic Director George Lepauw. “We especially admire his ability to embody so many significant roles—from his inspiring work with brilliant young musicians as host of NPR’s From the Top to his transcriptions of modern rock artists and now, Liszt’s fiendishly difficult transcriptions for solo piano.”

Prior to O’Riley’s performance, the International Beethoven Project will present Merit School of Music student groups in a performance at 6 p.m. on May 13. The student concert is free and open to the public.

Christopher O’Riley’s performance takes place at the Merit School of Music’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St. in the West Loop. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $50 for VIP priority seating that includes an exclusive postconcert reception with O’Riley. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit

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