Cool Hunting Video: Christopher O’Riley

Transforming pop music hits into classical piano masterpieces

In a private residence on NYC’s Upper West Side, we recently had the pleasure of attending a thrilling performance organized by Culture Shock featuring pianist Christopher O’Riley. Renowned for his flawless renderings of classical masterpieces, O’Riley (host of NPR’s From The Top and composer of original work) explains how, during intimate performances for artists and members of high society’s creative class during the early days …

Cool Hunting Video: Fire Island Opera

Reviving the classic artform in a provocative and accessible manner with open air contemporary peformance

After ferrying over to the beach community of Fire Island last summer, we attended the inaugural Fire Island Opera Festival. With the image of the grandeur of traditional opera burned into our minds, we were pleasantly surprised by how intimate, relatable and playful the experience was—from culinary themed performances to gender-bending ones. We recently spoke with Fire Island Opera’s Edwin Cahill (Artistic Director) and Bradley …