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This year’s Cliburn finals not to be missed

rmallison@star-telegram.com

There is no substitute for sitting in the auditorium of Bass Hall and reveling in the lyricism of the six remaining pianists in the Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The finalists represent four countries and collectively have received dozens of awards, prizes and honors.

They are truly an embarrassment of riches.

The Cliburn boasts that its webcast has had more than 1.4 million views across 162 countries, with an average time per visit of 63 minutes.

Such an expansive reach is certainly worth bragging about.

But nothing compares to hearing the magic unfold in a magnificent hall where the air is thick with the delicious tension that only comes from watching some of the finest musicians in the world compete.

In Fort Worth, we have the unique opportunity to watch this in person.

So it was disappointing that many of the hall’s best seats were unoccupied the first night of the finals.

According to the Cliburn, Friday’s and Saturday’s performances, when the competitors are joined by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, should be sold out.

Those concerts will also be simulcast live on a big LED screen in Sundance Square Plaza.

With the amount of talent this competition has attracted, the finals should not be missed.

And if you are able to be there in person, please do not miss the opportunity.

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