Christopher O'Riley is the only classical pianist to ever get a four-star review from Rolling Stone for his classical interpretations of tunes by the likes of Radiohead, Nirvana, the Smiths and other rockers.
And on SATURDAY (March 15), the classically trained pianist will bring his grand piano to the Holland Center to bridge the gap between pop and classical beginning at 8 p.m.
Rooted in Chicago, O'Riley is also the host of "From the Top," a weekly show on NPR that highlights young classical musicians.
Expect a few Radiohead covers on Saturday – O'Riley especially likes the English rockers, and has released two full albums of Radiohead interpretations. But you'll also likely hear Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" and perhaps even some songs by Omaha-born Elliott Smith, whom O'Riley calls the "most important songwriter since Cole Porter."
Get a taste of O'Riley's style by watching him perform "Subterranean Homesick Alien" from Radiohead's 1997 album OK Computer through the link at right.