Backstage warming trend

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In a routine invisible to every audience member, Cliburn players make one last stop before taking the Hall stage.

It’s at the backstage mother’s supply table where by far the most popular item the players seek out — amid a collection of fresh fruit, candy bars, Band-Aids, skin moisturizers and packets of Tylenol — is a heating pad.

A heating pad?

Well, considering that the ambient backstage temperature hovers somewhere between hyper-air conditioned cool to ice-chest Arctic, it makes perfect sense that the players would seek out a bit of pre-performance warmth for their hands from the plug-in pad.

After 45-seconds or so of hand toasting, and with a last swig of water, the players are ready to give it their Cliburn all.

— Andrew Marton, Special to the Star-Telegram

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