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The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Program Number: 17212RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/31/2013 - 6/5/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Price starting at: $1,375.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; Music Festivals
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Choose between attending the semifinal or final round of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, named for the young American who won the first ever International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Meet Van Cliburn Foundation staff, learn about the competition repertoire with a professor of music, go behind the scenes at Fort Worth’s crown jewel, Bass Performance Hall. Feel the passionate excitement!




Highlights

• A music professor shares fascinating perspectives on the challenges for these young artists — who you choose to see perform in the semifinals or the final round.
• Meet a past competitor from the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Amateur Competition and hear about doors opened as a result of that success.
• Explore beautiful Bass Performance Hall and attend concerts featuring semifinalists with the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet or finalists with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.



Register to attend both semifinal and final rounds using Program #18111, “The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth,” and save $200.




Date Specific Information

5-31-2013

This program date presents the semifinal-round competition. Hear the 12 semifinalists as they each play a solo recital, a newly commissioned work, and perform with the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet. You will also be present for the announcement of which six will advance to the finals.



Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




Fort Worth

Originally a military camp built in 1849, Fort Worth became a stop for cattle drivers along the famous Chisholm Trail. Branded with the moniker “Cowtown” and the motto “Where the West Begins,” Fort Worth has grown beyond its dusty cowboy roots to now boast a vibrant arts scene and world-famous country-western music venues.



Accommodations
Recently renovated all-suite hotel across the street from the performance hall.
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites
  Fort Worth, Texas 5 nights
 Embassy Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Only 4 Blocks from the Fort Worth Convention Center Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access in every room Conveniently Located Across from Bass Hall Modern Fitness Center Indoor Heated Pool and Spa Manager's Reception with Complimentary Beverages and Appetizers
  Contact info: 600 Commerce
Fort Worth, TX 76102 USA
phone: 817-332-6900
web: embassysuites1.hilton.com
  Room amenities: Each hotel suite has two televisions, high-speed Internet access, two telephones with voice mail and a modem. Each suite has desk, refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee maker. complimentary high- speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel. Parking is available at $14.00 per day.
  Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage, Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Coin Laundry, Concierge Desk, Elevators, Gift Shop, Lounge, Luggage Hold, Multi-Lingual Staff, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box, Audio/Visual Equipment Rental, Business Center, Fax, Meeting Rooms, Notary Public, Photo Copying Service, Printer, Secretarial Service
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal price available. Call hotel at 817-332-6900 to make reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal price available. Call hotel at 817-332-6900 to make reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00PM. You will be staying at Embassy Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11:00AM. You will be staying at Embassy Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Health and Safety questionnaire & Release and Indemnification Agreement must be completed and returned to the Program Provider at least six weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking is available for $14.00 per day. Upon arrival, participants must use valet parking or find available metered space on the street. Self-parking is not available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fort Worth, Texas
  Nearest city or town:  Fort Worth, Texas
  Nearest highway: I-30
  Nearest airport:  DFW
  From End of Program
  Location: Fort Worth, Texas
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Dallas Love Field Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$36.00 per passenger
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

34 miles

   

Call Super Shuttle to arrange pick-up at terminal. We suggest you arrange to arrive and depart from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

 

Dallas Love Field

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Dallas Area Rapid Transit/TRE
phone: 214-979-1111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00 for DART bus ticket and two train transfers (DART and TRE)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

34 miles- We suggest you try to use Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW).

   

From terminal at Love Field, take the #39 bus to downtown Dallas and exit at Inwood/Love Field DART train station. Take the Green line DART train toward downtown to the Victory Station. At Victory Station, buy a ticket on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to downtown Ft. Worth. Ride the TRE train to Ft. Worth and exit at the Intermodal Transit Center (ITC) in downtown Ft. Worth. Walk or take the free trolley 6 blocks to hotel at the corner of 6th and Commerce Streets.

 

DFW Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Trinity Railway Express
phone: 817-215-8600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

free shuttle bus to train station; TRE train ticket $3.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Airline travelers arriving at DFW Airport board Remote South buses at designated stops in the terminal. At Remote South parking lot, passengers connect to buses serving the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Buses to Remote South & CentrePort/DFW Airport Station depart every 15 minutes. At train station, buy at TRE west fare zone ticket and travel west by train to Fort Worth to the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) in downtown Fort Worth. Walk or take free trolley to 6th and Commerce Streets.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
817-267-5150

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-45 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

$54 for 2 persons. For groups of 3-10, $85.

 

Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17.00 per guest one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-45 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Call Super Shuttle for pick up at terminal.

 
Driving Directions
  The East (Dallas) Take I-30 West toward Fort Worth (29.5 miles). Take exit 15C/Denton (I-35W north)/Downtown onto US-287 (go .87 miles). Continue on to TX-280 SPUR W toward Downtown. Exit 6th Street, continue to Main Street, take a right on Main Street. Go 1 block to 5th Street, right on 5th. Continue to Commerce. Hotel is on the right corner of 5th and Commerce.
  The North (Denton) Take I-35W South towards downtown Fort Worth. Take exit #52A/Downtown onto TX-280 SPUR W. Exit 6th Street continue to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street. Go 1 block to 5th Street, turn right on 5th. Continue to Commerce. Hotel is on the right corner of 5th and Commerce.
  The South (Waco) Take I-35W North towards Fort Worth, Take exit #52A/Downtown onto TX-280 SPUR W. Take 6th Street continue to Main Street. Take right on Main Street. Go 1 block to 5th Street, right on 5th Street. Continue to Commerce. Hotel is on right corner of 5th and Commerce.
  The West Take I-30 toward Downtown Fort Worth. Take exit #15A/Denton onto I-35W north. Take exit 52A/Downtown onto TX-280 SPUR W. Exit 6th Street, continue to Main Street, take a right on Main Street. Go 1 block to 5th Street, right on 5th Street. Continue to Commerce. Hotel on right corner of 5th and Commerce.
Elevation Note: Fort Worth's elevation is 670 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required for program participation.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome & Introductions, "A Surprise in Texas" Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Documentary
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: 4:00pm. in hotel conference room on the 5th floor. Pick up your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, list of participants, maps, and other important information we will review.

The on-site coordinator will greet you with a warm Texas welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

This program date focuses on the Van Cliburn Competition Semi-Finals. You will have opportunities to hear the 12 semi-finalists as they each play a solo recital, a newly commissioned work, and perform with the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet. You will also be present for the announcement of which six will advance to the finals.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant; vegetarian and low-salt meals available. As we walk to and from the restaurant, you will become acquainted with the Sundance Square area and see the positive effects of recent downtown revitalization efforts.
 Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Peter Rosen’s enthralling documentary film “A Surprise in Texas” takes you backstage at the 13th annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. Follow the grueling three-week competition schedule for insights into the lives of the 29 young contestants from 14 countries who came to Fort Worth to compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in the music world. Experience “Nobu fever” — after Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind pianist who became an inspiration to all people who face hurdles or obstacles in life. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the time contestants had in North Texas as they eat barbecue, model cowboy hats, and soak up the homey vibe of “Cowtown” in the company of their local hosts.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Van Cliburn Amateur Competition 2011 Finalist, Expert Presentations, Semi-final Round Competition Performances
(Saturday, June 1)

Note: Semi-final round competition performances at Bass Performance Hall are from 1:30-4:30pm and from 7:30-10:30pm.



   
 Breakfast: In the 7th floor atrium, enjoy a full breakfast offering eggs cooked to order, pancakes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, a wide assortment of pastries, juices, and other beverages.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Van Cliburn's sensational victory at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958 heralded a new era American music-making as well as cultural relations between East and West. Celebrating this remarkable achievement, a group of music teachers and citizens from Fort Worth created the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, a joyous festival dedicated to the discovery of the world's finest young pianists.

You will begin your exploration of the 14th Van Cliburn Competition with a lecture/discussion with a university professor, who will attend the competition sessions with you and discuss the works heard, the competitors, composers, and different styles of piano performance throughout the program.

The Van Cliburn Foundation also sponsors a quadrennial Amateur Competition open to pianists age 35 and older who do not derive their principal source of income through piano performance or instruction. These talented musicians also compete in three elimination rounds, have opportunities to explore chamber music works with professional musicians, and participate in symposia and other events. After a short break, you will meet one of the finalists from the 2011 Amateur Competition, who will share stories and insights into the experience.

 Lunch: We will walk to lunch at a nearby restaurant in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt options available. A city-operated trolley service is available for those who prefer not to walk.
 Afternoon: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Watch and listen as the semi-finalists play in Bass Performance Hall. The Semi-final Round is in two phases. Phase I consists of a recital not to exceed 60 minutes in length of works chosen by the pianist, as well as a new work commissioned by the Van Cliburn Foundation from composer Christopher Theofanidis, whose music has been described as “lyrical, exotic soul searching” by the New York Times. In Phase II each pianist performs a quintet chosen from works by Brahms, Dvorák, Franck, and Schumann with the Brentano String Quartet, one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles.
 Dinner: We will walk to dinner in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available. Enjoy a variety of types of food during your stay in downtown Fort Worth.
 Evening: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Attend another Semi-final Round at Bass Performance Hall. Over the past four decades, the Cliburn Competition has involved hundreds of great musicians, music professionals, and dedicated individuals in its various activities. Its juries have included Jorge Bolet, Philippe Entremont, Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, Malcolm Frager, Alberto Ginastera, Howard Hanson, Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, Lili Kraus, Alicia de Larrocha, Dame Moura Lympany, Nikita Magaloff, Gerald Moore, John Ogdon, Cecile Ousset, Gyorgy Sandor, Harold Schonberg, Maxim Shostakovich, Soulima Stravinsky, Walter Susskind, Alexis Weissenberg, and Earl Wild.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Scoring & Judging Criteria, Background on Repertoire & Piano Performance, Semi-final Performances
(Sunday, June 2)

Note: Semi-final round competition performances at Bass Performance Hall are from 1:30-4:30pm and from 7:30-10:30pm.



   
 Breakfast: In the 7th floor atrium, enjoy a full breakfast offering eggs cooked to order, pancakes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, a wide assortment of pastries, juices, and other beverages.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: A competitor from several previous Van Cliburn Piano Competitions will describe the criteria judges use in competition scoring. Get an insider's view of how winners are selected and hear entertaining stories about past competitions.

After a short break, a music professor will lead a lecture-discussion on piano performance and musical genres.

 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today. Choose from one of many nearby eateries and explore the downtown area.
 Afternoon: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Attend another Semi-final Round at Bass Performance Hall. By now, you will have become familiar with these extraordinary young talents and may be rooting for your favorite.
 Dinner: We will walk to dinner in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available.

As you have learned, Sundance Square is rich in Western history and lore. It is named for the Sundance Kid who, with Butch Cassidy, was a frequent visitor to the area then known as Hell's Half Acre.

 Evening: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Attend another Semi-final Round at Bass Performance Hall. The intensity of the competition will be playing out, literally, as you watch.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: All About Bass Performance Hall, Background on Repertoire & Piano Performance, Semi-final Round Performances
(Monday, June 3)

Note: Semi-final round competition performances at Bass Performance Hall are from 1:30-4:30pm and from 7:30-10:30pm.



   
 Breakfast: In the 7th floor atrium, enjoy a full breakfast offering eggs cooked to order, pancakes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, a wide assortment of pastries, juices, and other beverages.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Continue your study of piano performance with the music professor attending competition sessions with you. You may discuss different techniques and styles of performance as you assess the performances you have heard.

A representative from Bass Performance Hall will tell you about this hall, developed with private funds, that has become the crown jewel of Fort Worth — a city which boasts America’s third-largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country. The 2,056-seat multipurpose Hall is characteristic of the classic European opera house form. An 80-foot diameter Great Dome tops the Founders Concert Theater while two 48-foot tall angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become cultural icons. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines, and ambience on level with the great halls of the world.

 Lunch: We will walk to lunch in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available.
 Afternoon: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Attend another Semi-final Round at Bass Performance Hall. The excitement and tension in the hall are palpable. Imagine how the contestants feel!
 Dinner: We will walk to dinner in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available. Sundance Square is at the heart of Fort Worth's vibrant downtown cultural district.
 Evening: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Attend another Semi-final Round at Bass Performance Hall. There are no "losers" in this competition. Each young artist has to deal with the challenges of incredibly demanding performance situations that will prepare them for whatever lies ahead.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Competition, the Pianists, and the Media, Background on Repertoire & Piano Performance, Semi-finals Conclude, Announcement of Finalists
(Tuesday, June 4)

Note: Semi-final round competition performances at Bass Performance Hall are from 1:30-4:30pm and from 7:30-10:30pm. Stay for the announcement following the last performance of which six semi-finalists will advance to the final round.



   
 Breakfast: In the 7th floor atrium, enjoy a full breakfast offering eggs cooked to order, pancakes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, a wide assortment of pastries, juices, and other beverages.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Every four years Fort Worth transforms to host thousands of competition attendees, competitors, and official guests and millions of online viewers who tune in from around the world. From musical celebrities, to aspiring pianists, to people who have never played a note in their life, individuals from all walks of life gather to share in the thrill, the drama, and the excitement of launching talented young artists' careers. As the competition takes center stage across international media, the streets of downtown Fort Worth can be seen flooded with camera crews and paparazzi swarming the streets. All eyes are on Fort Worth, and each time the city delivers the finest of Texas hospitality. Hear stories about members of the domestic and international press corps from Cliburn foundation volunteers. Consider the perspectives of competitors from other parts of the world as they compete in Fort Worth while living in the private homes of volunteers. Find out how their stories are covered by media outlets around the world.

After a short break, a music professor continues your lecture-discussion on the pieces performed during the competition and will offer further insights into the study of piano.

 Lunch: We will walk to lunch in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available.
 Afternoon: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: Attend another Semi-final Round at Bass Performance Hall. As we approach the conclusion of the Semi-Final Round, each of the 12 semifinalists will have performed a solo recital and a piano quintet with the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet as well as the newly-commissioned work by Christopher Theofanidis. Many of you will now know this music by heart!
 Dinner: We will walk to the Sundance Square area for our last dinner together; vegetarian and low-salt meals available.
 Evening: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION SEMI-FINALS: This is it — the last of the Semi-final Round. At the conclusion of the performances, you will be present for the announcement of the six young pianists who advance to the Final Round of competition. Share in the excitement, the tears of joy (or disappointment) and find out if your favorite young performers have been judged worthy as finalists.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Revitalization of Downtown Fort Worth, Program Concludes
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: In the 7th floor atrium, enjoy a full breakfast offering eggs cooked to order, pancakes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, a wide assortment of pastries, juices, and other beverages.
 Morning: CLOSING PRESENTATION: A representative from Sundance Square will tell you how “Hell's Half Acre” grew to sprawl across four of the city's main north-south thoroughfares, how and when things changed, and the contributions of the Bass family to redevelopment of the revitalized neighborhood. The program concludes with this presentation.

HOTEL CHECK-OUT: By 11:00am.

We hope you have enjoyed this very special event and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Fort Worth, Texas Bureau of Engraving and Printing
45-minute guided tour of the facility features displays and exhibits showing history of U.S. paper currency, the production process and its technology, a 15-minute film of the production process, a quarter-mile elevated walkway tour overlooking the currency production floor, the MoneyFactory gift shop, and three live demonstration exhibits; a turn-of-the-century spider press, a mutilated currency redemption desk, and an engraver's bench. Open Aug. - May, Mon. - Fri 8:30am-3:30pm, and tours are conducted every 30 minutes; visitors should be check in by 2pm to attend the final tour of the day. Open June - Jul., Mon - Fri 10:30am-6:30pm and tours are conducted every 30 minutes; visitors should be checked in by 5pm to attend the final tour of the day. Closed weekends, federal holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. 866/865-1194 or 817/231-4000. www.moneyfactory.gov
  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Traveling and permanent exhibits, 100,000 artifacts and specimens, the Omni Theater showing IMAX® films, and the Noble Planetarium offer an extraordinary learning environment with plenty of hands-on fun. Wheelchair accessible. In the Cultural District. Admission fee. Hours Open: Mon-Thur 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Address: 1501 Montgomery St. Zip Code: 76107 Telephone #: 817/255-9300 For additional information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org
  Fort Worth Stockyards
The World's only twice-daily cattle drive! See the Old West come to life before your eyes as a team of cowhands drive a herd of longhorns along Exchange Avenue through the Stockyards. 817-336-4373. Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For additional information, visit www.FortWorth.com
  Fort Worth Zoo
Mammals, birds, and reptiles from around the world. Zoo selected one of the top five zoos in America. Don't miss Texas Wild! This 8 acre exhibit dedicated to the Lone Star State's native flora and fauna houses more than 200 native Texas animals. Admission fee. Hours Open: Open daily 10 a.m. closing time varies throughout the year Address: 1989 Colonial Pkwy Zip Code: 76110 Telephone #: 817/759-7555 For additional information, visit www.fortworthzoo.com
  Japanese Garden
An enchanting six-acre garden of Oriental design featuring a pagoda, moon-viewing deck, teahouse, and meditation garden amid lush exotic plants. In Cultural District. Admission fee. Hours Open: Nov. - Mar. daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Apr. - Oct. daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Dr. Zip Code: 76107 Telephone #: 817/871-7685 For additional information, visit www.fwbg.com
  National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and documenting the distinguished women of the American West, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Dale Evans, Patsy Cline, Sacajawea, Willa Cather and Annie Oakley. Designed by David Schwarz, it includes a permanent exhibit, traveling collections, a multi-purpose theater, an expanded research library, a retail store and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Admission fee..Hours Open: Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Address: 1720 Gendy St. Zip Code: 76107 Telephone #: 817/336-4475 For additional information, visit http://www.cowgirl.net/
  Sid Richardson Museum
This inviting museum offers a wonderful collection featuring two of the most celebrated artists of the American West: Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. There's also an excellent museum shop where you'll find prints, postcards, books and more. For additional information, visit www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org
  Texas Civil War Museum
Opened in 2006, home to the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River, including the commissioned movie, “Our Homes Our Rights- Texas in the Civil War.” See items such as guns, swords, uniforms, flags, personal items, Victorian dresses and accessories. Three galleries include the Civil War collection, Victorian Dress Collection, and UDC Texas Confederate Collection. Admission fee. Hours Open: Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Closed Sun. – Mon. Address: 760 Jim Wright Freeway N. Zip Code: 76131 Telephone #: 817/246-2323 www.texascivilwarmuseum.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Van Cliburn


Author: Howard Reich


Description: Outlining an impressive musical career that spans over four decades, this solidly researched biography allows readers to meet the man behind the music. Lovers of classical music will be intrigued by the behind-the-scenes look at the only complete biography of Van Cliburn, one of the world's most famous and loved classical pianists.



Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro


Author: Leonard Slatkin


Description: The world of conducting is brought to life for the music lover as well as for the aspiring maestro in a new book by Leonard Slatkin, who takes the reader to the great concert halls and orchestras, sound stages in Hollywood, and opera pits around the globe. Covering everything from learning how to read music to standing in front of an orchestra for the first time, what to wear, and how to deal with the press, Conducting Business is a unique look at a unique profession.



They Came to Play Documentary DVD


Author: Directed by Alex Rotaru


Description: Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged thirty-five to almost eighty, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music and camaraderie. The film provides an intimate look into the lives of these colorful, multi-faceted competitors as they strive to balance the demands of work and family with their love of music. Years of dedicated preparation culminate in critical performances before a professional jury and discerning audience during three nerve-wracking elimination rounds.



http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87771963


Author: National Public Radio


Description: National Public Radio coverage of the 50th anniversary of Van Cliburn's victory in Russia.



http://www.composersforum.org/content/christopher-theofanidis


Author: American Composer's Forum


Description: Biography information about featured composer and Yale University professor Christopher Theofanidis. Includes an mp3 version of a recently composed work. Born in Dallas on 12/18/67, Theofanidis' work has been performed by many leading orchestras around the world.



http://www.npr.org/artists/15806131/christopher-theofanidis


Author: National Public Radio


Description: Read interview and listen to radio interview excerpt about an opera composed by Theofanidis to commemorate 10th anniversary of 9/11 attack, "Heart of a Soldier". Contains links to musical recordings of symphonic compositions by Theofanidis.





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