It looks like Utahns will get to hear Van Cliburn after all.
The legendary pianist who made headlines and captured the world's imagination with his victory at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition will make a rare appearance Tuesday, July 26, at Abravanel Hall with the Moscow Philharmonic.Vassily Siniasky will conduct the 8 p.m. program, which will feature Cliburn in the two concertos with which he has been most closely associated then and now - the Rachmaninoff Third and Tchaikovsky First. Indeed his RCA recording of the latter still ranks as one of the best-selling classical discs of all time.
He will also serve as narrator in Copland's "Lincoln Portrait."
Cliburn's appearance is part of a previously announced 17-city U.S. tour, put together by the Salt Lake-based Space Agency, ending a 16-year performing hiatus during which he played only seven concerts outside of Russia and his home state of Texas.
His last appearance here was in 1977, when he played the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Utah Symphony under Maurice Abravanel. The following year he withdrew from the performing stage, bought a house in Fort Worth, Texas, and devoted himself to the piano competition that bears his name and spent time with friends.
It was not until Mikhail Gorbachev visited the White House in 1987 that Cliburn returned to the concert platform, followed by performances in Russia and at selected venues in the United States.
Tickets for the July 26 performance are priced from $30 to $75. They go on sale to Utah Symphony and Theater League of Utah subscribers Monday, June 13, then to the general public on Friday, June 24.
For information call 533-NOTE.