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Amateur playing was strong enough for six-way tie

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rmallison@star-telegram.com

Saturday was the kind of day when being a judge in a piano competition was an especially unenviable task. How about a six-way tie for first place? Sorry, the rules don’t allow it. Read more

In semifinals, Cliburn amateurs tackle more substantive works

Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition

Cliburn Foundation

The semifinal round of the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition granted the participants more time (28 minute maximum) than the opening rounds. This opened up the possibility of programming more substantial pieces than before. Read more

Pianists of many countries show fluency in their common language

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Cliburn Foundation

It’s a good thing that music is a universal language. Otherwise, the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition might remind some of the Tower of Babel. Read more

Several amateur pianists stand out in the quarterfinals of the Cliburn

Cliburn Amateur Piano Contest

Cliburn Foundation

Tuesday was a time for confirming or rebutting initial impressions at the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition. All 68 competitors had been heard Sunday and Monday, and now it was time for the 30 quarterfinalists to play for the judges for a second time. Read more

Monday sessions of Cliburn Amateur feature wealth of talent

Cliburn Amateur Piano Contest

Cliburn Foundation

As the preliminaries of the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition neared an end, Monday afternoon’s session in Van Cliburn Recital Hall seemed the most satisfying overall. Eight of the 11 participants, including six in ... Read more

Cliburn amateur competition starts Sunday with few surprises

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The Cliburn

The Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition held no negative surprises as it got underway Sunday. Read more

FWSO duels with ‘Hamilton’ for Fort Worth’s biggest Broadway fans

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rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

The sunny sounds of Broadway kept the rain away at the Fort Worth Symphony’s Concerts in the Garden presentation on Sunday night. Read more

‘Beautiful’ takes viewers behind music, life of Carole King

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Joan Marcus

More than once during Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the character of Gerry Goffin laments the restrictions of three-minute pop songs. Read more

Art of Norman Lewis reflects 20th-century racial tensions

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art

With all that is known about so many artists, it is challenging for a museum exhibition to achieve pure revelation — as in tossing off the veil on a previously obscure artist to reveal someone of monumental talent and scope of expression. But that is certainly accomplished with the Amon Ca... Read more

A darker side of Gershwin at Concerts in the Garden

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jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

It was probably the first time in classical music history that anyone has taken 41 minutes to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Read more

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