What a special day for Athens yesterday as Christopher O’Riley alighted in our fair town with his merry band of music-makers for his acclaimed NPR classical kids show From the Top. James Galway, The Man With The Golden Flute, came along as well as four super-talented youngsters and a very special afternoon of music ensued in the sold out performing arts center at Hogdson Hall at UGA. Everyone had a different favorite moment but mine was the 12-year old pianist from Raleigh playing Brahms; others around me loved the harpist from Atlanta–amazing; and my youngest daughter’s was “the man who played the flute.” The host and good friend Christopher O’Riley also surprised everyone with his arrangement of It Happened Today which he very generously posted on his blog.
Pictures from the local Banner-Herald website are HERE. Truly a grand time was had by all.