Friday, July 15, 2005

Van Cliburn to Perform

A nice profile of Cliburn and his return to Ravinia.

Key grafs:

"...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. "

and this

"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."

Read the rest of the article here

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