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Van Cliburn to Play with
Presented by the Austin Symphony and the UT Performing Arts Center
Season Sponsors: First State Bank and Austin American Statesman
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Legendary pianist Van Cliburn will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" and MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23 with the Austin Symphony on Saturday, May 24, 1997, in Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus. Also on the program is Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco. Austin Symphony Assistant Conductor Timothy Muffitt will conduct the performance, which begins at 8 pm. The performance marks Mr. Cliburn’s second appearance in Austin. Tickets are still available through UTTM; this performance is presented by the Symphony and the UT Performing Arts Center.
Van Cliburn, originally from East Texas, burst on the international music scene in 1958 and age 23 by winning the gold medal in the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow — a success which came against a backdrop of the cold war and made him a national hero. He was the first classical musician to achieve superstar status with record sales and fan clubs approaching those of then pop stars Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley. He was honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway and until 1978 toured all over the world and recorded extensively. In 1974, after the death of his father, he began to accept fewer bookings and in 1978, retired from performing and recording. He began performing again on a limited basis in 1989 and toured nationally with the Moscow Philharmonic under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky in the spring and summer of 1994. He helped to establish and provide financial support for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. For more information, call 476-6064.
All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.
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