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Audition judges for the next Van Cliburn International Piano Competition heard young pianists play for a career-making break in the Russian capital of Moscow last month. Cliburn himself won his big competition in Moscow 59 years ago, and Russians remember.  

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Fort Worth symphony patrons and arts leaders are reflecting on how the absence of the orchestra is affecting the city right now, and how it could in the future if the strike continues into next year. 

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The Van Cliburn Foundation is aiming for a new generation of pianists – kids. This weekend brings the Cliburn’s first international competition for 13 to 17 year olds. The main Cliburn, held every 4 years, has helped launch careers, and an amateur contest has enlivened off-years. Some wonder whether the newest effort is putting too much pressure on musicians too soon.

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Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist Van Cliburn, who stunned the world when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in the USSR at the height of the cold war, died. Tonight, in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute.

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For the first time since its inception more than fifty years ago, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February from cancer. There are additional changes to one of the world’s most prestigious music contests that brings the classical music focus to Fort Worth. The once-every-four-year competition is about to begin again with tonight’s traditional “draw” party.