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The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth

Program Number: 18111RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/31/2013 - 6/10/2013;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Price starting at: $2,545.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; Music Festivals
Meals: 26; 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

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 — brings together 30 aspiring pianists from around the world to compete for three years of managed concert tours worth more than $1 million. Attend both semi-final and final round performances, 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, and feel the passionate excitement.




Highlights

• Attend both semifinal and final-round competition performances enhanced by expert-led lectures with a music professor for perspectives on the challenges involved as you follow the progress of these young artists.
• Get an insider’s view of the competition from Van Cliburn Foundation staff, meet a past winner of the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Amateur Competition, and gain an understanding of what these talented young performers experience as they prepare and compete.
• Explore beautiful Bass Performance Hall and attend concerts featuring semi-finalists with the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet or finalists with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.



This program is a combination of both weeks of Program #17212, “The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.”




Date Specific Information

5-31-2013

This program includes the semifinal and final rounds of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. During the semifinal round, hear 12 talented semifinalists as they each play a solo recital, a newly commissioned work, and perform with the Brentano String Quartet. For the final round, you’ll be in on the action as the six finalists perform piano concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin. Get an insider’s view of the competition, judging criteria and media coverage. Gain a better understanding of the pressures of competition through expert lectures from a piano performance professor and visiting with a finalist from a past Van Cliburn foundation amateur competition.



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
Luxurious, all-suite hotel with heated swimming pool across the street from the perfomance hall.
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites
  Ft. Worth, Texas 10 nights
 Embassy Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Only 4 Blocks from the Fort Worth Convention Center Conveniently Located Across from Bass Performance Hall Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access in every room 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 refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee maker. Parking available for $14 per day. Upon arrival and during check-in, all guests must use valet parking service or find available street parking at nearby meters.
  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 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Embassy Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 a.m. 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 at $14.00 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ft. Worth, Texas
  Nearest city or town:  Ft. Worth
  Nearest highway: I-35, I-30
  Nearest airport:  DFW and Dallas Love
  From End of Program
  Location: Ft. 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 per passenger one-way
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.

 

Dallas Love Field

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7.00 bus and two train transfers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

34

   

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 the 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.

 

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.

 

DFW Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Trinity Railway Express
phone: 817-215-8600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$3.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

34

   

Airline travelers arriving at DFW Airport board Remote South buses at designated stops in the terminal. Buses depart the terminals approximately every 15 minutes. At Remote South parking lot, passengers connect to buses serving the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Buses to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station depart Remote South every 15 minutes. Travel west to Fort Worth to the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) in downtown Ft. 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.

 
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 (Alliance Airport) 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.

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 covers both the Semi-Final and the Final Round of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. 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 attend all the Final Round performances, in which the pianists will perform with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin. The experience will culminate with the Awards Ceremony, when the winners will be announced.

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 into 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 and types 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 former competitor from several previous Van Cliburn Piano Competitions will discuss his experiences and 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.

After a short break, 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 who ran the press room for the competition in past years. 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 leads a 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, Explore Ft. Worth on Your Own, Registration & Orientation, Welcome & Introductions for Final Round Program
(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: A representative from Sundance Square will share the colorful history of "Hell's Half Acre". This area grew to sprawl across four of the city's main north-south thoroughfares. Explore how the Bass family's redevelopment efforts have revitalized the downtown area.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own and free time during the day between the Semi Final and Final rounds.
 Afternoon: Explore Ft. Worth during during a free afternoon as the pianists get a well-deserved break between rounds of competition. Discover the city's outstanding museum district or watch a cattle drive at the Stockyards, a remnant of Ft. Worth's days as a major stop on the Chisholm Trail.
 Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restaurant; vegetarian and low-salt meals available. Become acquainted with new program participants with whom you will watch the competition's exciting Final Round.
 Evening: Free time to explore Ft. Worth at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: The Competition, the Pianists and the Media, Expert Presentations, Revitalization of Downtown Ft. Worth, Final Round Competition Performance
(Thursday, June 6)

Note: Media symposium at Cliburn Recital Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Final Round Competition Performance at the Bass Performance Hall from 7:30- 10:30 p.m.



   
 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. Individuals from all walks of life gather to share in the thrill, the drama, and the excitement of launching talented young artists' careers. With the competition taking center stage across international media, the streets of downtown Fort Worth can be seen flooded with camera crews and paparazzi swarming the streets.

Attend the Cliburn Foundation symposium where you'll hear entertaining stories about cross-cultural experiences from members of the domestic and international press corps at the media symposium sponsored by the Cliburn foundation. 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. Discover how their stories are covered by media outlets around the world.

 Lunch: We will walk to lunch at a nearby restaurant in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt options available.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Begin the afternoon with a lecture/discussion with university professor about this year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, piano performance, and repertoire. The music professor will also attend competition sessions with you to discuss the works heard, the competitors, composers, and different styles and types of piano performance.

Following the lecture enjoy freetime before dinner.

 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 FINALS: Watch and listen as the finalists play in the Bass Performance Hall. The Final Round is in two phases. During Phase I, each finalist performs a chamber concerto by Beethoven or Mozart, chosen by the pianist. In Phase II, each young contestant performs a concerto scored for full orchestra, accompanied by the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra. Marvel at the imaginative work of conductor Leonard Slatkin, winner of the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for a performing artist.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Leonard Slatkin Presentation, Expert Lecture, Van Cliburn Amateur Competition 2011 Finalist, Final Round Performance
(Friday, June 7)

Note: Conductor Symposium at Cliburn Recital Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Final Round competition performance at Bass Performance Hall from 7:30- 10:30 p.m.



   
 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: Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin discusses this year's competition and shares insights gathered from years of experience conducting major orchestras in the US and around the world. Get a true insider's view from a man who has been widely recognized for his brilliance both as a conductor and an educator. Gain a new perspective on the competition from one of the country's distinguished musicians.
 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 system is available for those who prefer not to walk.
 Afternoon: 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. 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. You will meet one of the finalists from the 2011 Amateur Competition, who will share stories and insights into the experience.

Following a short break, we will have a lecture/discussion with university professor on works performed during the competition and offer insights into the demands of competition performance on the young pianists.

 Dinner: Dinner in the Sundance Square area. Enjoy a variety of types of food during your stay in downtown Fort Worth. Vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available.
 Evening: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION FINALS: Attend another Final Round performance at Bass Performance Hall. By now, you will have become familiar with these extraordinary young talents and may be rooting for your favorite.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Scoring & Judging Criteria, More About the Van Cliburn Foundation, Expert Presentation, Final Round Performance
(Saturday, June 8)

Note: Jury Symposium at Cliburn Recital Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Final Round Performance at Bass Performance Hall from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.



   
 Breakfast: In the 7th floor atrium, savor 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: Unravel the mysteries behind the process used to assess the extraordinarily talented competitors. You will sit in on a discussion of judging criteria featuring current and former members of the jury panel to discover how contestants are evaluated and scores assigned. Step inside the world of the judges as they explain the process of assessing the outstanding performances and making the difficult decisions about who will advance and win.

Over the past four decades, the Cliburn Competition has involved hundreds of great musicians, music professionals, and dedicated individuals in its various activities. Maestro John Giordano will serve as chairman of the jury for the eleventh competition since he assumed the post in 1973.

 Lunch: We will walk to lunch in the Sundance Square area; vegetarian and low-salt meals will be available.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The Van Cliburn Foundation advances awareness of classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.

The Foundation conducts the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; provides three years of career management for competition finalists; organizes the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™; produces an annual concert series; and offers music education and outreach programs in cooperation with North Texas schools. Explore the foundation's programs with a staff member, who will share how Mr. Cliburn's vision to expand appreciation for classical music is accomplished through education and outreach efforts.

After a short break, you will compare notes with the piano professor about the competition. See if others in the group are rooting for your favorite contestant!

 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 FINALS: Attend another Final Round performance at Bass Performance Hall. Feel the tension mount as contestants near the end of the grueling three-week competition and move closer to the recognition and prizes that come with victory!
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Culmination of Competition/Final Round Performance/Award Ceremony
(Sunday, June 9)

Note: Final Round performance at the Bass Performance Hall from 3:00- 6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony follows from 7:00- 8:00 p.m.



   
 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: Meet with the piano professor who has accompanied you to the competition to discuss nuances in the performances and differences between competitors. Compare each contestant's individual talent and ability to collaborate with other musicians. You will have a new appreciation of Van Cliburn's legacy and how classical music can reach across borders at the conclusion of one of the most significant music competitions in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today. Choose from one of many nearby eateries and explore the downtown area.
 Afternoon: VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION FINALS: Immerse yourself in the last performance of the competition, a joyous festival dedicated to the discovery of the world's finest young pianists. The final determinations about which contestants will win cash prizes and three years of career management and artistic services will take place at the conclusion of the afternoon's performances.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Sundance Square; 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 AWARDS CEREMONY: Your ticket to the final round includes the awards ceremony in which the winners of this year's competition are announced. Share in the excitement, the tears of joy (or disappointment) and find out if your favorite young contestant wins as the results of the 14th International Piano Competition are revealed!
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Bass Performance Hall Private Tour
(Monday, June 10)

Note: Behind the Scenes tour of the Bass Performance Hall, home of the Van Cliburn Competition beginning at 9:00 a.m.



   
 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: FIELD TRIP: Explore the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall complex, the crown jewel of a city which boasts the nation's third largest cultural district. It is also an important symbol of one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country.

Built entirely with private funds, Bass Performance Hall is permanent home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Cliburn Concerts. 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 and two 48-foot tall limestone angels grace the Grand Facade. Since the Hall opened in May 1998, the angels have become pre-eminent cultural icons of the entire Dallas / Fort Worth metropolitan area. The Hall itself is renowned for its superb acoustics, exceptional sight lines and ambiance on level with the great halls of the world.

Program concludes no later than 11:00AM.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ft. Worth, Texas American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum
This is an "airline" museum, not an "aircraft" museum; dedicated to C.R. Smith, the "father of American Airlines." Through interactive displays, films, videos, and hands-on exhibits, visitors see the operations of an airline - today and in the past. More than 80 small airlines merged to become American Airways in 1930; that name changed to American Airlines in 1934. A vintage Douglas DC-3, Flagship Knoxville, meticulously restored by retired AA pilots, mechanics and employees, was flown to Fort Worth and hoisted into its place of prominence. Open Tues. Sat. 10 am. - 6 pm. adjacent to American Airlines Flight Academy at Texas 360 and FAA Rd. southwest of D/FW Airport. 817/967-1560.
  Botanic Garden
A showcase of 150,000 living plants representing 2,500 species, displayed in both formal and natural settings. 10,000-sq.-ft. glass conser-vatory planted with more than 2,500 tropical plants native to Central and South America. Small waterfalls, ponds, and pathways throughout give visitors an idea what might be encountered in tropics. Garden Center open daily 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Conservatory open Apr. - Oct. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Nov. - Mar. closes at 4 p.m. In wooded southwestern section of Trinity Park. Conservatory in the Cultural District; open daily. Entrance to botanical gardens free; fee for conservatory.
  Bureau of Engraving and Printing - Western Currency Facility
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.
  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. Construction slated to begin in 2007 on new facility, so call ahead for availability. 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
  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 am and 4:00 pm. 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.org
  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
  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
  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. 309 Main Street. 817-332-6554. 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
  Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Museum honors 65 current inductees-Texas cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in their careers. The inductee's booth contains photos, memorabilia and videos of championship performances. The museum also features the Sterquell Wagon Collection and the John Justin Trail of Fame. Located at the Horse and Mule Barns on East Exchange Avenue. Address: 128 E. Exchange Zip Code: 76106 Telephone #: 817/626-7131
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