Walking several blocks (city trolley available).
In the 7th floor atrium, the daily breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs cooked to order, pancakes, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, pastries, juices, and other beverages.
We’ll begin with a presentation by our resident expert professor, who will provide an overview of the finals portion of this year’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, with background on the composers and music we’ll hear. The professor will attend competition sessions with us, applying his keen ears and eyes and bringing his insights to discussions of the competitors and different styles and types of piano performance. In addition to the competition, the Cliburn Foundation presents a variety of symposia on topics related to music, some with specific relevance to the competition. We’ll attend one of these events near the hotel.
We’ll walk several blocks to lunch at a restaurant in the nearby Sundance Square area (city trolley service available for those who prefer not to walk). Sundance Square is at the heart of Fort Worth’s vibrant downtown cultural district, 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.
Returning to the hotel, we’ll be joined by a representative from the Van Cliburn Foundation who will update us on changes in this year’s competition and the ongoing mission of the foundation: to advance 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. We’ll learn what the foundation does between competition years to provide educational and musical opportunities to the citizens of Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. The Cliburn Foundation also sponsors a quadrennial Amateur Competition open to pianists age 35 and older. These are not “amateurs” in the usual sense, but people who, while playing at a high level, do not derive their principal source of income through piano performance or instruction. We’ll meet one of the finalists from a prior Amateur Competition, who will share stories and insights into the experience.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Walking to/from restaurants, we’ll become acquainted with the Sundance Square area and see the positive effects of recent downtown revitalization efforts. The hotel’s evening reception offers complimentary drinks and snacks.
Performance: 7:30 p.m. The final round of the competition begins with three of the young finalists playing a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The performances are in beautiful Bass Hall, across the street from our hotel.