Van Cliburn

Take a bit of the Cliburn competition home

Live at the Cliburn gift shop

Reporter Courtney Ortega takes viewers for a walk-through before the competition begins. #STCliburn 2017 #Cliburn2017
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Reporter Courtney Ortega takes viewers for a walk-through before the competition begins. #STCliburn 2017 #Cliburn2017

Cliburn mania has officially taken over Bass Performance Hall, and nowhere is that more evident than in the gift shop.

Stocked with musical tchotchkes and memorabilia, the Cliburn gift shop offers everything from the ordinary (T-shirts and tote bags) to the unique (a piano-shaped cheese board). Whether you’re looking to score something for yourself or just picking up a souvenir for a loved one, here are the items you won’t want to miss. (See photos at bottom.)

Branded to perfection

If there’s one thing Texans love to eat, it’s a good steak. So it should come as no surprise that when it came time to pick items for the gift shop, a custom Cliburn steak branding iron made the final cut. Shaped like the official Cliburn logo, it’s the perfect new accessory for summer grilling season.

Buy: Cliburn branding iron, $99.88.

Hometown favorite

Fans of Fort Worth artist Brooke Wright won’t want to miss the chance to get their hands on one of the limited edition items she designed for the Cliburn gift shop. Sold separately, the Cliburn-themed clutch and silk scarf are made from a watercolor pattern that Wright painted featuring the Cliburn logo.

Buy: Cliburn watercolor clutch, $44. Cliburn logo silk scarf, $69.88.

Baby at play

Just because your baby is too young to play his or her first concerto, that doesn’t mean you can’t start dressing the little one for a future debut on the Bass Hall stage. An adorable Cliburn onesie is emblazoned with a fermata (the musical symbol for hold) and the word “me” for a punny message guaranteed to elicit a smile from all of your classical music-loving friends.

Buy: Cliburn Fermata Babysuit, $24.88.

Best-dressed Dad

Solve the dilemma of what to get Dad for Father’s Day by opting to get him a tie from the Cliburn gift shop. Custom-made by Vineyard Vines, the Cliburn silk tie is available in a variety of colors (including TCU purple) and features the Cliburn logo.

Buy: Cliburn silk tie, $89.88.

Remembering Van

For the first time since Van Cliburn’s passing, the gift shop is selling a special series of in memoriam items bearing the late pianist’s signature. Among those available for purchase are a Moleskine journal, metal bookmark, magnets and a crystal paperweight.

Buy: Van Cliburn 1958 Magnet, $7.88. Van Cliburn In Memoriam Paperweight, $29.88. Van Cliburn Signature and Quote Journal, $34.88. Van Cliburn Signature Bookmark, $9.88.

Note: The Cliburn gift shop is open daily during competition hours. For online shopping, visit


May 25-June 10

Bass Hall, Fort Worth

Preliminary round: May 25-28. All 30 competitors play a 45-minute solo recital, including a commissioned work written by Marc-André Hamelin. $80-$200 round subscription; $10-$35 per concert.

Quarterfinal round: May 29-30. Twenty competitors play a 45-minute solo recital. $80-$150 round subscription; $15-$40 per concert.

Semifinal round: June 1-5. Twelve competitors will play a 60-minute solo recital and a Mozart piano concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. $280-$450 round subscription; $30-$120 per concert.

Final round: June 7-10. Six competitors will play a piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet and a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. $150-$260 round subscription; $45-$180 per concert.

Awards presentation: 7 p.m. June 10. $30-$40.

The entire competition will be webcast live, hosted by pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, at Content also will be available on demand. The final round will be broadcast in movie theaters around the country. For information and tickets, visit

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