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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2014
By United Press International
Ansel Elgort lands title role in Cold War saga 'Van Cliburn'

Ansel Elgort lands title role in Cold War saga 'Van Cliburn'

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) --"The Fault in Our Stars" actor Ansel Elgort has landed the title role in "Van Cliburn," a new movie about the groundbreaking Cold War-era pianist.
Annie Martin

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, July 12, 2013.
By United Press International
Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78

Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Van Cliburn's publicist says the famed classical pianist died of bone cancer Wednesday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 78.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 12, 2012.
By United Press International
Obama awards arts, humanities medals

Obama awards arts, humanities medals

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama awarded the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 20 recipients Wednesday, the White House said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 12, 2008.
By United Press International

Noted pianist Pennario dead at 83

SAN DIEGO, June 28 (UPI) -- Pianist Leonard Pennario, known best for the soulful performances he began giving at the age of 12, has died in San Diego at the age of 83.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, July 12, 2007.

Alabamian wins amateur pianist crown

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 4 (UPI) -- An Alabama ophthalmologist was sharper than 74 other pianists in taking the Cliburn Foundation's International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2006 with 172 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday July 12, the 193rd day of 2005 with 172 to follow.
By United Press International

Texas colonizes D.C. for an evening

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Participants at Washington's "Black Tie & Boots Ball" got a heavy dose of Texas crooning, couture and cuisine, not to mention President Bush and his family.

Russia honors Van Cliburn

MOSCOW, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. classical pianist Van Cliburn was bestowed Russia's Order of Friendship award Monday for playing charity concerts for the victims of terror attacks.

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Today is Monday, July 12, the 194th day of 2004 with 172 to follow.
By United Press International
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Van Cliburn
Washington DC: Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson chats with a fellow Texan, pianist Van Cliburn (R), at the Inaugural Concert here 1/19/1965. Vice president-elect Hubert Humphrey looks on during festivities at Constitution Hall. (UPI photo)
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Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. (born July 12, 1934) is an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at age 23, he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War.

Van Cliburn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn. O'Bryan was taught by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. At six years old, Cliburn moved with his family to Kilgore, Texas, and at twelve he won a statewide piano competition which enabled him to debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He entered the Juilliard School at age 17, and studied under Rosina Lhévinne, who trained him in the tradition of the great Russian romantics. At age 20, Cliburn won the Leventritt Award, and made his Carnegie Hall debut.

It was his recognition in Moscow that propelled Cliburn to international fame. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, on the heels of their technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn's performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce a winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. "Is he the best?" Khrushchev asked. "Then give him the prize!" Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. His cover story in Time proclaimed him "The Texan Who Conquered Russia."

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