Cliburn host family diary: Game day!

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Tina and Ted Gorski are hosting pianist Luca Buratto from Italy for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are sharing their experience with the Star-Telegram with a host family diary:

May 24, 2013: Luca spent the day practicing, joking and resting while I spent the day obsessing about getting him to the Bass Hall safely and on time. What with the 7th Street bridge construction, Colonial traffic and tornado alerts I was afraid that the classic nightmare of frantically running and never arriving at your destination might become my reality!

When we headed out the sky was alarmingly black, but Ted managed to deliver us to the Stage Door with time to spare.

Team Gorski took our seats, time passed and when Luca stepped out on the stage he was truly transformed. Our quiet and gentle houseguest became a confident and thrilling performer. The melodies that have been drifting about my house now poured forth and flowed gloriously throughout Bass Hall.

The Italian version of “break a leg” is “in bocca al lupo,” which means “into the mouth of the wolf.” The performer then replies “crepi il lupo”, “I shall eat the wolf.” Luca ate the wolf. Bravo dear friend!

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