Today is a big day at the sixth Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.
At the conclusion of the preliminary round, roughly 10 p.m., the semifinalists will be announced.
The jury will cut the field from 72 contenders to 25.
While they wait for the decision, the competitors will get to meet and mingle with Van Cliburn offstage.
What happens then: The semifinalists will get Thursday off; the next round resumes at 2 p.m. Friday, with each of the contenders presenting a 16- to 20-minute recital of works of their choice.
Those who do not advance to the semifinals may choose to play in a piano marathon at 1 p.m. Thursday.
It is free and open to the public at TCU's Ed Landreth Auditorium.
Time change: Today's preliminary round will start at 1:15 p.m., 15 minutes later than planned, as the first pianist could not make it to Fort Worth because of weather-related travel delays. Playing will take place until 5 p.m. and will resume from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.
Of note: Among those left to compete in the preliminaries are Leticia Martinez, a criminal prosecutor in Fort Worth (7:30 p.m.) and Seth Darts, whose mother, Judy, played in the preliminaries Tuesday (3 p.m.), as well as competitors from France, Japan, Germany, Brazil, China and Argentina.
Tickets: Individual competition tickets ($10-$35) can be bought at the door.
For more information, visit www.cliburn.org or call 817-738-6536.
Watch live: Follow our coverage and watch live streaming video of the entire competition at www.dfw.com/cliburn.