John Giordano Tribute Concert
Featuring seven Cliburn winners
Haochen Zhang, 2009 gold; Joyce Yang, 2005 silver; Stanislav Ioudenitch, 2001 gold; Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 gold; Simone Pedroni, 1993 gold; André-Michel Schub, 1981 gold; Vladimir Viardo, 1973 gold
In 1973, Maestro John Giordano had just completed his first season as music director and conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra—a position he held for the next 27 years—when he was called on to serve as jury chairman for the Fourth Cliburn Competition. For 11 quadrennial competitions and over 40 years, he performed that role with dignity and excellence, as an integral and invaluable part of the Cliburn family. He helped launch the careers of many, many young pianists, among those the seven who return this spring to pay tribute to him as he now becomes the Cliburn’s first jury chairman emeritus.
Program: KRUG Fantasy on Rossini’s Barber of Seville; SCHUBERT-LISZT Standchen; Auf Dem Wasser zu singen; CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47; NINO ROTA Romeo and Juliet Farewell Scene; 8 ½: Final “Passerella;” GINASTERA Danzas Argentinas, op. 2; RACHMANINOV “Easter” from Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos; CHOPIN Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, op. 66; CHOPIN Valse in C-sharp Minor, op. 64, no. 2; Valse in D-flat Major, op. 64, no. 1; ROSSINI-GINZBURG “Largo al factotum” from Barbiere di Siviglia; RACHMANINOV Romanze; DEBUSSY Feux d’artifice; PROKOFIEV Toccata, op. 11; GOUNOD-DE VILBACK Waltz from Faust