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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic's Choice: Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn

Andrew comments on the passing of Van Cliburn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “Van Cliburn”

  1. Bel Needles says:

    Andrew,

    Your commentary on Van Cliburn was spot on. Van Cliburn was the most famous musician in the world when he won the
    Tchaikovsky Music competition in Moscow in 1958 at age 23. He was good enough to come to Lubbock in West Texas, twice over the next three years (he played with all the major symphonies of the world and did not have to come to Lubbock.) to play the Tchaikovsky piano concerto with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. I was on the first stand of second violins and thus performed in close proximity to him. He had his Steinway shipped from Ft. Worth to play even though there were fine pianos in Lubbock. He was a good person. It was a trill to play with him. I was about 18 at the time.

    Belverd Needles
    Winnetka, Illinois

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