FORT WORTH On the eve of what would have been Van Cliburns 79th birthday, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night announced the names of the three competitors from the 2013 Cliburn Competition who will join them as guest artists in an August festival dedicated to the late pianists memory.
Silver medalist Beatrice Rana, Crystal Award winner Sean Chen and Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award winner Alessandro Deljavan will be the featured soloists on performances of concertos by Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff during the Great Performances Festival, dubbed From Russia with Love, August 23-25, at Bass Hall.
• Italian pianist Rana, 20, who also won the audience award at the Cliburn, will play Tchaikovskys famous Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The FWSO will also perform Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.
• Italian pianist Deljavan, 26, a semifinalist and jury discretionary award-winner at both the 2009 and 2013 Cliburn Competitions, will join the orchestra for Rachmaninoffs beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The FWSO will also play Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 5 in E Minor.
• American pianist Chen, 24, will repeat his performance of Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor which he played as the rousing final concert of the Cliburn Competition at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The FWSO will play Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, also.
While Rana and Chen performed with the orchestra as finalists in the Cliburn (under maestro Leonard Slatkin), Deljavan will be making his Fort Worth Symphony debut. The three pianists were among the most popular competitors at the 14th Cliburn Competition, which ran May 24-June 9 at Bass Hall.
FWSO Musical Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct all three festival performances.
Cliburn, who died in late February at his Fort Worth home, had a great love for Russia, its people and its music. His performances of the concertos being performed during the festival remain among his most popular recordings.
Three-concert festival passes, $36 to $144, are on sale now. Tickets to individual concerts begin at $16 and will go on sale August 1. For more information and tickets, call 817-665-6000 or visit http://www.fwsymphony.org/.