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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Christopher O’Riley and Pablo Ziegler “Two to Tango” Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m.

January 26, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Christopher O’Riley and Pablo Ziegler

“Two to Tango”

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m.



“O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity.” (The Washington Post)


“Ziegler … plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness.” (The Guardian)



FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 26, 2015 – Two of the world’s most brilliant contemporary pianists come together to perform two-piano arrangements of tango music when Christopher O’Riley and Pablo Ziegler present “Two to Tango” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. 

O’Riley and Ziegler, who previously toured as the critically acclaimed Los Tangueros, join forces again for this adventurous new program, featuring compositions by tango master Ástor Piazzolla, as well as original works by O’Riley and Ziegler. Of their earlier collaboration, the Los Angeles Times said, “the sound of two pianos can be practically symphonic, and the arrangements brilliantly demonstrate the grandeur of this music.”

One of the foremost pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley is known for breaking down barriers between classical and popular music, and has been lauded for his groundbreaking transcriptions of music by Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. O’Riley has been invited to perform as soloist with numerous prestigious ensembles such as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra, and has collaborated with countless renowned conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kurt Masur, Christopher Hogwood and Leonard Bernstein. He is the host of NPR’s popular radio series, “From the Top.”

Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and arranger Pablo Ziegler was a pianist for Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for more than a decade, and he has since become the face of Argentine New Tango, a fascinating hybrid of tango and American jazz. The Buenos Aires-born pianist has been a guest soloist with major orchestras across the globe, performing his original compositions, as well as the music of Piazzolla, with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest and Brazil’s Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra.



Program will be announced from the stage.



Tickets for CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY AND PABLO ZIEGLER’S “TWO TO TANGO” are $46, $39 and $28. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

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