Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Van Cliburn’s 1958 victory in the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition was a legendary Cold War moment.
Only 23 years old, Cliburn was thrust into the spotlight as a musician, but also as an emblem of the cultural competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. Politically and musically, the stakes of his performance on the world stage were high. In this presentation, we hear several of the pieces Cliburn performed, and we learn how both government and private efforts—from President Eisenhower to ladies’ clubs—helped Cliburn get to Moscow.
Featuring Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Professor in the School of Music at The Ohio State University.
This presentation will feature both Dr. Fosler-Lussier’s analysis and live musical performances of Van Cliburn’s repertoire from pianists in the SMU Meadows School of Music.