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Blogging the Cliburn (Finals Day 3)

Kristian Lin
I’m also the soccer guy on this website, as our regular readers know, so I heard about the incredible last few minutes of USA’s 2-1 victory over Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier in Kingston, with our guys blowing th...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Finals Day 2)

Kristian Lin
The final round format has changed this year so that instead of the competitors playing their classical concerto first and then their showpiece concerto afterward, some of them are playing Rachmaninov or Prokofiev before they&#...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Finals Day 1)

Kristian Lin
Spent my day off watching Man of Steel at a preview screening. You’ll have to wait until next week to find out what I think of the Superman film, but I will say that after steeping in high culture for the last week and a ...


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Texas Troubadour Abroad: En Route from Verona to Fidenza

KEEGAN MCINROE
My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when I began my four years of study at Texas Christian University. Over the course of my 10 years wri...



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Cliburn Finalists Announced

Kristian Lin
We all stayed up until 11:30 on a Tuesday night to find out the six pianists who have gone through to the next round, and now the announcement has come. The finalists are: Sean Chen, Dong Fei-Fei, Vadym Kholodenko, Nikita Mndoy...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 4)

Kristian Lin
I’m glad the weather is heating up. This isn’t because it’s usually hot during the Cliburn and the heat feels like part of the ambience. I’m a guy who spends a lot of time sitting indoors in climate-cont...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 3)

Kristian Lin
Apparently, something really terrible happened on Game of Thrones last night. Please, nobody tell me what it was. After Chernov wreaked Game of Thrones-level violence on the Dvořák quintet last night, I suspect any performanc...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 2)

Kristian Lin
Hate to admit it, but the Star-T had a provocative article today about the Cliburn jurors whose students are competing. The practice of including such jurors makes me uneasy, even though the competition has taken measures to pr...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 1)

Kristian Lin
Wish I could say I took the day off to sleep and decompress, but instead I went and caught up with my other duties at the Weekly. Nevertheless, I do feel refreshed and ready to take in the semifinal round, which features all th...


Keegan performs at the opening of the Lindenmarkt.

Texas Troubadour Abroad: En Route to Verona

KEEGAN MCINROE
My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when I began my four years of study at Texas Christian University. Over the course of my 10 years wri...