A nice profile of Cliburn and his return to Ravinia.
"...piano legend Van Cliburn will be the pavilion of the Ravinia Festival. After an absence of 30 years, he returns to Highland Park at 7 p.m. Saturday to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia music director James Conlon. "
"But being one of the world's most famous pianists has its downside, and the ensuing decades have not been an endless stream of ticker-tape parades. Cliburn performed 100 or so concerts a year for many years, and critics began to fault him for playing only a selected group of 19th century masterworks. He began a long hiatus from regular performing in the late 1970s."
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