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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn Has Died

Posted by on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

He was 78, and here's his obituary in the New York Times.

Here's him playing Rachmaninoff in 1958.

And this from Mary Langholz, spokeswoman for the Seattle Symphony:

He was the featured guest pianist with the Seattle Symphony for the Gala Opening Concert of the World’s Fair in Seattle on April 21, 1962. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra. On the same program, Igor Stravinsky, in his 80th year, conducted his own composition — Suite from The Firebird.

Good show. Wow. What would the equivalent now even be?

Meanwhile, in news of great classical players still alive to tell the tale, here's NBC's profile from yesterday on SSO flutist Demarre McGill and his brother. Here's a profile of McGill in The Stranger last year.


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