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Blogging the Cliburn (Finals Day 1)

After a day's break, the final round of the Cliburn is upon us, and with it, the chamber music portion of the contest. Ordinarily,...

Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 5)

I didn't notice this until I downloaded the picture of Maestro Nicholas McGegan for this post (because again, the raised piano lid was blocking...

Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 4)

Weird thing happened today: I created an entry on Genius.com for Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" this morning, and then this afternoon, there were two...

Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 3)

I'm missing the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the Champions League final, and Wonder Woman opening in the theaters, but the Van Cliburn...

Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 2)

Some things seem to happen reliably once during every Cliburn: I hear piano music in my sleep, someone calls me a moron in the...

Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 1)

During the off day from the Van Cliburn Competition, I watched Baby Driver, my early candidate for movie of the summer, and USA's under-20...

Former Star-T Sportswriter Moving On … Up?

Recently laid-off sportswriter Charean Williams has jumped off a sinking ship –– the Fort Worth Star-Telegram –– and into a tar pit –– PFT,...

Van Cliburn Semifinalists Announced

At the end of the quarterfinal round this evening, the field of 20 competitors was cut down to 12 semifinalists. They are: Kenneth Broberg Chen Han Rachel...

Blogging the Cliburn (Quarterfinals Day 1)

As usual, the Van Cliburn Competition runs through Memorial Day. As always, I take a moment to reflect on how cultural events such as...

Blogging the Cliburn (Prelim Day 4)

The crowd is sparse on Sunday morning, but I don't think it's because the warmth of the last few days has given way to...