By Wally Kennedy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Back in the 1950s, when the U.S. and Russia were at the height of the Cold War, a tall, lean Texan named Van Cliburn beat all pianists, including Russia’s best in the world, in Moscow.
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In reality, Cliburn was one of the best pianists of the entire last century.
On Thursday, August 1, the Mann Center pays tribute to Cliburn, who died earlier this year, with a spectacular performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a special pianist, the latest winner of Cliburn’s personal piano competition.
“You will be hearing this young, wonderful, gold medal winner, Vadym Kholodenko, a young Ukrainian gold medal-winner, on Van’s own piano,” explains Cathy Cahill, the Mann Center’s CEO.
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