The success and forward momentum of great artistic organizations depend largely on the strength of its collaborations with other fine arts institutions. The Cliburn has built long-lasting and continuously-expanding relationships over its 50+ year history—Texas Christian University, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Performing Arts Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Worth ISD being prime examples. In this non-competition year, while focusing intently on launching the careers of our 2013 winners, we’re working to enhance and broaden these collaborations, with the goal of bringing classical music to as many people as possible. Here’s an update on new or expanded plans for this year and beyond:
Cliburn Concerts: In addition to continuing the series at Bass Hall and the Modern, we’re launched Cliburn at the Kimbell in January—proudly opening the auditorium of their highly-anticipated Renzo Piano Pavilion with a special two-night engagement with Olga Kern.
New Audiences: We’ve just announced a brand new series at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (Cliburn Sessions), which we’ve been thinking about and planning for years. The concept is to bring classically-trained artists into a very relaxed environment, where they are free to be casual, to blend genres, to interact with the audience–and those attending can have a drink with their friends while enjoying some exceptional music-making. We’re also partnering Fort Worth’s new Sundance Square Plaza this spring, where we’re hosting a Van Cliburn Memorial Concert in February, and where our 2013 Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko is slated to play during the 2014 Main Street Arts Festival–in partnership with Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Education & Outreach: Musical Awakenings®, the Cliburn’s in-school music education program, has expanded from 125 to 175 elementary schools this year, now reaching over 47,000 students through partnerships with FWISD and surrounding districts. For the first time ever, the Cliburn is also collaborating with Performing Arts Fort Worth’s Children’s Education Program to develop a special production to be presented at Bass Hall to all FWISD 4th graders in Fall 2014.
Winners Career Management: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has performed in every Cliburn Competition, and the strength of that relationship continues to grow. The FWSO’s 2013 festival, From Russia with Love, a tribute to Van Cliburn, featured the 2013 Competition’s Beatrice Rana, Sean Chen, and Alessandro Deljavan, and they’ve just announced that Vadym Kholodenko has been named their first artistic partner, a relationship that will last over the next three seasons.
The city of Fort Worth, and the citizens of North Texas, began the Cliburn and have supported it for over 50 years. We’re fortunate to have so many incredible arts institutions in our hometown and believe that these kinds of collaborations are the key to continuing to grow an already vibrant arts culture.