Van Cliburn


After more than three years of renovations costing over $100,000, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum’s Van Cliburn Auditorium will be dedicated Sunday.

Aired Thursday, January 21, at 12 noon Kermit Poling spoke with pianist Stanislav Khristenko and Dr. Lester Senter Wilson, Executive Director of the Wideman International Piano Competition, about this weekend's 65th Anniversary Celebration of the Wideman Piano Competition. Saturday's concert features pianist Stanislav Khristenko in the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich and then pianist Tomer Gewirtzman will perform the Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg. The concert concludes with the world premiere of the Symphony No. 1 (“Shreveport Symphony”) by Kermit Poling.

Van Cliburn Foundation

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn died. Tonight in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute by performing at a free, outdoor concert.

A month ago, Cliburn Foundation President and CEO Jacques Marquis says the emails went out to all past finalists of the competition. It was an invitation to play for tonight’s anniversary.

Van Cliburn Foundation

Shreveport is paying tribute to its native son Van Cliburn, the legendary pianist died Feb. 27 at his Fort Worth home. His early career was nurtured by the Shreveport Symphony community, and he never forgot that, according to Lester Senter Wilson. She’s been executive director of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport for 30 years. She said Cliburn played five times with the Shreveport Symphony, including a performance in 1972 when he celebrated the orchestra’s 25th anniversary. People packed the hall.