Famed pianist Christopher O. Riley shares the stage with the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra

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New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alfred Gershfeld on stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing ArtsPianist Christopher O'Reilly seated at a piano

The New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Alfred Gershfeld, will perform major works by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. His beloved 2nd Piano Concerto in C Minor will be performed by the famed American pianist, Christopher O’Riley, also known by millions across America as the host of the National Public Radio show From the Top. Another important work on the program will be Rachmaninov’s impressive and virtuosic Symphonic Dances.
 
Thursday, February 4; 7:30 PM, Adrienne ArshtCenter for the Performing Arts – Knight Concert Hall. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. General admission $20 / students and seniors $10.  Tickets at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or http://www.arshtcenter.org/ Information at at 305-237-3622.

“Chris O’Riley is a great pianist, a wonderful artist, effective communicator, and a passionate educator. He’s sure to mesmerize the students and the audience with his mastery of all these facets!”
 
Christopher O’Riley will also present a master class for the NWSA students on Jan 20, 2016 in room 4302, building 4, starting at 4:30pm.
 
In addition to his many accolades as a prolific pianist, Christopher O’Riley is known as the host of NPR’s From the Top a position he has held for the past 15 years. The format of the show allows O’Riley to introduce the up-and-coming music stars to millions of listeners and music aficionados. With a vast and varied repertoire of music, O’Riley has performed across the nation as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony, among others. He has performed concertos by Bach, Mozart, and Liszt, as well as Górecki and Michael Daugherty’s Le Tombeau de Liberace in a series of concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
 
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensiveprogram of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculumthat reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
 
Further information available by calling NWSA at (305) 237-3539 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
 
Photo by Juan E. Cabrera. New World Symphony Orchestra performs at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, under the baton of maestro Alfred Gershfeld.