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Cliburn Concerts 2009-10 Programs Listed


by Olin Chism 31 Mar 2009

The Van Cliburn Foundation has announced its Cliburn Concerts lineup for 2009-2010. Seven programs, including performances by superstar Yo-Yo Ma and hypervirtuoso Marc-André Hamelin, will be presented in Bass Performance Hall. Three contemporary-music programs will be presented in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Bass series will open on Sept. 22 with the […]

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The Van Cliburn Foundation has announced its Cliburn Concerts lineup for 2009-2010. Seven programs, including performances by superstar Yo-Yo Ma and hypervirtuoso Marc-André Hamelin, will be presented in Bass Performance Hall. Three contemporary-music programs will be presented in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The Bass series will open on Sept. 22 with the winner of the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who will be named on June 7 at the conclusion of the 18-day event.

The remainder of the Bass programs: pianist Gabriela Montero on Oct. 6, pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Oct. 27, Michael Shih and Friends on Jan. 12, Hamelin on Feb. 2, Ma with pianist Kathryn Stott on March 16, and clarinetist Jon Manasse with pianist Jon Nakamatsu on April 13.

The Modern Art Museum programs include composer Jennifer Higdon on Nov. 21, pianist Ursula Oppens on Feb. 20 and composer Ricky Ian Gordon on May 10.

Complete repertory is not available, but here are a few preliminary highlights:

Ma will open a highly varied program with Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and close it with Franck’s beautiful Sonata in A major. This was originally for violin and piano but there is also a cello version, which Ma and Stott will play.

Hamelin, who gained fame playing works of breathtaking difficulty by composers a little off the beaten track, will play mainstream music of Haydn, Mozart, Liszt and Debussy, then will close with his own Twelve Etudes.

Ohlsson will play Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Opus 28, on a program including music of Beethoven and Brahms.

Shih, who is the concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and a superb violinist, will join a cellist friend for Kodaly’s great Duo for Violin and Cello, Opus 7, which should be played more often than it is. Music of Mozart, Currier and Tchaikovsky will round out the program.

Oppens, who specializes in contemporary music, will play music of John Corigliano, William Bolcom and Julius Hemphill, who was a Fort Worth native.

For more details and ticket information, click here.

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