• Preliminary round: 1-5 p.m., 7:30-10:30 p.m. today-Wednesday.
• Semifinal round: 2-5:30 p.m., 7:30-11 p.m. Friday.
• Finals and awards: 2-7 p.m. Saturday.
• $10 for each preliminary session, $20 for each semifinal session, $35 for finals and awards.
• $105 for complete competition; $60 for semifinals, finals and awards
• (817) 335-9000
Today at the Cliburn
Medical and financial specialists will dominate the field today on
the opening day of the Cliburn Foundation's fourth International Piano
Competition for Outstanding Amateurs at Texas Christian University.
Seventy-four competitors representing 26 states and six foreign
countries will present short solo programs over three days with hopes
of advancing to the semifinals Thursday. Twenty-five will play today.
Romantic and impressionist favorites will dominate the repertoire
today, from the opening Chopin (the Etude in F and Ballade in G minor)
offered by Scot King -- a mortgage broker from Lake Forest, Calif. --
to the Chopin Etude in C minor, which real estate professional David
Kish of Portsmouth, N.H., will play to close the day. Kish will also
present, along with a Schubert Impromptu in A-flat, his own Serenade
In between, along with lots more Chopin, music lovers will hear
generous doses of Rachmaninoff, two performances of Debussy's flashy
and difficult L'isle joyeuse and plenty of Bach, including
preludes and fugues of the 18th-century master performed by both of the
day's local entries: piano technician Doug Parsons and railroad manager
Beginning Tuesday, Encore will have daily reviews from the competition.
-- Wayne Lee Gay
There are several other chances to hear Amateur Cliburn competitors, past and present, this week:
• On Thursday, 2002 Amateur
Cliburn co-winner Michael Hawley will join the Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra to play the Liszt Second Piano Concerto for a
fireworks-capped concert at the Botanic Garden.
• The Modern Art Museum of Fort
Worth will host a piano marathon, in which Amateur Cliburn contestants
who do not make it to the semifinals will perform selections from their
repertoire. The first session will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and
the second will be 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. These sessions will
be free and open to the public.