To mark the one-year anniversary of the death of legendary pianist Van Cliburn on Thursday, the Fort Worth-based foundation that bears his name will host The Van Cliburn Memorial Concert in Sundance Square Plaza.
In the first event of its kind, eight former Cliburn Competition award winners will perform short solo recitals on the outdoor stage of the plaza in downtown Fort Worth.
The free concert will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be live-streamed through Star-Telegram.com and Cliburn.org.
Tickets are not required, and patrons may come and go. Limited seating wil be available on a first-come, first-served basis, Cliburn officials said.
There will be heaters on the plaza, but patrons may want to bring coats. The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with late afternoon temperatures in the low 50s, dropping into the upper 40s after sundown, which is at 6:24 p.m. Winds will be out of south at 5 to 10 mph. No precipitation is forecast.
Cliburn died of cancer on Feb. 27, 2013, at his home in Westover Hills.
The program begins at 5 p.m. with welcoming remarks. The pianists and the pieces they will play are:
Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 36 (1913)
Williams Suite from Lincoln and Liszt Funerailles
Debussy selections from Suite bergamasque — Menuet and Clair de lune. Also Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, op. 28
Schumann Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, op. 11
Liszt Après une lecture du Dante
Schumann Kinderszenen, op. 15, and Bach-Hess Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, Poulenc Les chemins de l’amour and
Liszt Paraphrase on Verdi’s Ernani
Tchaikovsky selections from The Seasons, op. 37b✔