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Cliburn Foundation readies its season

Posted 9:41pm on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

The Cliburn Foundation, as a highlight of its 2013-14 concert season, will hold the inaugural performance in the new Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, the organization announced Friday. A subsequent Cliburn at the Kimbell series of concerts will follow in the new museum building, which is expected to open in late fall.

Olga Kern, the popular co-winner of the 2001 Cliburn Competition, will give the first recital in the auditorium of the pavilion, which is named for Italian architect Renzo Piano, the building's architect. The programs, on Jan. 23 and 24, 2014, will be identical. (The Cliburn organization is scheduling a repetition because of the small number of seats -- 298 -- in the new auditorium, it says.)

In addition to the Kimbell, programs will take place in Bass Hall and the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The opening performance of the series will be Sept. 10 in Bass Hall and will feature the gold medalist of the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which ends June 9.

Two other medalists scheduled on the Cliburn Concerts series are Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 1997 competition, who will play April 17 in the Piano Pavilion, and Barry Douglas, bronze medalist in the 1985 competition, who will close the season May 13, 2014, in Bass Hall. Douglas has gone on to become one of the most prominent concert pianists internationally.

Not all of the scheduled performers are pianists. Two major artists are soprano Deborah Voigt, who will appear Oct. 22 in Bass Hall, and violinist Midori, who will play Nov. 12, also in Bass Hall.

The complete Cliburn Concerts schedule:

Cliburn at the Bass: 2013 Cliburn Competition winner (Sept. 10), Voigt (Oct. 22), Midori (Nov. 12) and Douglas (May 13, 2014).

Cliburn at the Kimbell: Kern (Jan. 23 and 24), cellist David Finckel with pianist Wu Han (March 27), and Nakamatsu (April 17).

Cliburn at the Modern: composer Kevin Puts (Sept. 21) and composer Jennifer Higdon (April 5).

Repertory for the season is incomplete. Of programs announced so far, Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin will play sonatas by Hindemith, Franck, Mozart and Richard Strauss. Douglas will play music by Brahms, Schubert and Liszt transcriptions of Schubert pieces. Finckel and Han will play music of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, and Nakamatsu will perform music of Schubert, Chopin and Schumann.

Subscription sales to all series, $40-$300, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets can be purchased at Cliburn.org.

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