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Pianist Christopher O'Riley relishes Rachmaninoff, Radiohead
Pianist Christopher O'Riley relishes Rachmaninoff, Radiohead

Ask many a classical pianist to play a rock song, and the response will likely echo a Radiohead song title: "I Can't." Ask Christopher O'Riley, and he can dash off a couple albums' worth of Radiohead material, along with some Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Tears for Fears and more. Musical labels don't stick easily to this Chicago-born keyboard artist. "I got interested in pop music early on," says O'Riley, 58, who will play a recital at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Saturday. "My sister turned me on to the Beatles. Then I started checking out alternative rock, which meant Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly and The Doors back then. I am...

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