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March 2, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Get ready for a night of exciting and innovative piano music as world-renowned pianists Christopher O'Riley and Fred Hersch combine their distinctive styles and sounds on the Viterbo stage for Heard Fresh: Music for Two Pianos Saturday, March 19. While performing music by Barber, Bach, and pieces of their own, O'Riley and Hersch fuse their classical and jazz music backgrounds.
O'Riley is a highly regarded classical pianist who has received top prizes at Van Cliburn, Leeds, and Montreal music competitions, performs frequently at both the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, and hosts NPR's program From the Top. Hersch, described as “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation,” is currently one of the foremost artists in the world of jazz. He is a Grammy nominated pianist and composer who has recorded more than 20 albums as a solo artist or bandleader and co-led another 20 projects.
Heard Fresh: Music for Two Pianos is sponsored by WXOW TV 19 and supported by WXOW 19 and supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Performance time is 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.  Tickets are $22. For more information, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100.

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