Classics 2 – Guest Artist: Christopher O’Riley

Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 6 pm

Guest Artist

MIGUEL DEL AGUILA Conga-Line in Hell
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

Please Note:  Due to health issues Ms. Gabrielian is not able to perform.  We thank Christopher O’Riley – pianist and host of NPR’s From the Top  – for graciously agreeing to join us and perform the same repertoire as originally scheduled.


Miguel del Aguila’s Conga-Line in Hell — don’t let the title alarm you — there’s nothing frightening in Christopher O’Riley’s performance of this stunning piece. The devilishly infectious Latin rhythms will bring down the house!

We’ll keep things rolling with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. This majestic concerto ranges from tender and peaceful to anguished, rambunctious and cheeky and will charm you to a state of elation.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 will keep you wondering where this imaginative piece is going – hushed, tense, mysterious, energetic and boisterous, Beethoven’s Fourth will take you on a lively and sparkling musical journey.

Concert Tidbits

  • Through NPR’s show From the Top, which is broadcast by 250 stations across the United States, Christopher O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week.
  • O’Riley has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Béla Fleck, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Sir James Galway, Michael Feinstein, plus many more and played at virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.
  • Miguel del Aguila stated: “Conga-Line in Hell began in my imagination as the visual image of an endless line of dead people dancing through the fires of hell. I gradually started hearing the music…. This inferno was to me humorous, sarcastic, grotesque and also terrifying.”
  • The second movement of Mozart’s piano concerto No. 21 has been used repeatedly in current day film, TV and video to include: 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan; the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me; Whiz Kids, Little Einsteins and SpongeBob Square Pants.

Program Notes

2017/18 Classics 2 Program Notes

Concert Sponsors

Michael and Karen Hall

Guest Artist Sponsors

Hon. Ann M. Chargin
Stockton Hematology Oncology Medical Group