Classix Two

Christopher O’Riley, piano

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43
“Music begins where the possibilities of language end.” Jean Sibelius
Conceived in a place of anguish and grief, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 was written when he was only 25 years old. Host of NPR’s “From the Top,” Christopher O’Riley will dazzle audiences with his performance of the striking and youthful work. The program crests with the “Symphony of Independence,” Jean Sibelius’ majestic Symphony No. 2. 
Music Director Laura Jackson conducts the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and offers a pre-concert talk one hour before the concert on Sunday and one half-hour before the concert on Tuesday. In this preview, she discusses the works and composers on the evening’s concert, giving attendees a background and historical context for the music they will hear. Preview talk is at 3:00 PM Sunday in the concert hall and at 7:00 PM Tuesday in the exhibition hall. Seating for the preview is general admission, first-come first served.


  • Brahms wrote the piano concerto #1 when he was just 25 years old. While not well received during his lifetime, it is now recognized as one of the greatest compositions for piano and orchestra.
  • In a letter to Jussi Jalas on New Year’s Eve Day 1943, Sibelius wrote, “My second symphony is a confession of the soul.”
  • Guest artist, Christopher O’Riley, will appear at the Pioneer Center two months prior to his performance. In September, he will host the live recording of NPR’s From the Top with the Reno Phil and KUNR.