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Cliburn’s ‘Days Off’ Filled With Activities


by Olin Chism 31 May 2009

For the audience, Monday and Tuesday are days off from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. But while the six finalists are busy rehearsing with conductor James Conlon and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, quite a bit more is actually going on. For one thing, some of the pianists who failed to make it into […]

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For the audience, Monday and Tuesday are days off from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. But while the six finalists are busy rehearsing with conductor James Conlon and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, quite a bit more is actually going on.

For one thing, some of the pianists who failed to make it into the semifinals are still around, and several of them will be giving free performances of works they would have played had they advanced. The field was quite strong, and their music should be well worth hearing. The performances will be in McDavid Studio, 301 E. 5th St.

At last word, Monday’s performers will include Ilya Rashkovskiy, who will play at 2 p.m., Victor Stanislavky (2:45), Mayumi Sakamoto (3:30) and Amy Yang (4:15). Tuesday’s schedule isn’t complete. However, Chetan Tierra, Spencer Myer and Lukas Vondracek are scheduled to be heard on WRR radio, 101.1, at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A series of symposia is scheduled for the Bass Hall main stage at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. They will feature two American ambassadors discussing musical diplomacy (Wednesday), critics covering the competition (Thursday), the Cliburn jury (Friday) and conductor James Conlon (Saturday). Click here for details.

A film festival devoted to the works of documentarist Peter Rosen will be held at Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St. Films devoted to the likes of Arturo Toscanini, Arthur Rubinstein I.M. Pei and, of course, Van Cliburn will be shown free of charge. Click here for details.

Out in Texas Christian University’s PepsiCo Recital Hall, South University Drive and West Cantey, some high-powered artists and teachers are giving a series of master classes. These include Joseph Kalichstein (2-5 p.m. Monday), Hung-Kuan Chen (2-5 Tuesday), Yoheved Kaplinsky (1:30-4:30 Wednesday), Menahem Pressler (1:30-4:30 Thursday) and Tamas Unger (1:30-4:30 Friday). Outsiders are welcome. Admission is $10, or $5 for students with ID.

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