Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

Pianist Van Cliburn in Tel Aviv, 1962

Pianist Van Cliburn has died at age 78. The Shreveport, Louisiana native's triumph at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him a household name.

Van Cliburn made his Celebrity Series debut in 1960 and performed on the Series a total of 13 times - all in recital and all at Symphony Hall - most recently in 2001.

Numerous winners of The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have also appeared on the Celebrity Series over the years, including Jose Feghali, Jon Nakamatsu, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alexander Kobrin, Olga Kern, and Hoachen Zhang.

Coverage of Van Cliburn's death:

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BBC News

Chicago Tribune


Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Moscow (1962)

Christie's Auction Interview (includes clip of 1958 competition)

On What's My Line?

At The Kennedy Center Honors (2001)

Playing Chopin Ballade No. 3


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Celebrity Series 2013-14 subscriptions on sale April 18, 2013

Subscriptions for our 2013-14 season (our 75th season) go on sale April 18, 2013. Some performances may be announced in advance of that date, but all performances begin subscription sales on April 18. Check this blog or for more details as they become available.

Complete season is now on sale at - take a look!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Karita Mattila recital is cancelled

Karita Mattila's concert, scheduled for this evening, has ben cancelled. Ticket holders please visit performance page for options.