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Van Cliburn

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March 05, 2013
Grateful for the Maestro's role as a cultural bridge, for demonstrating that what we hold in common is greater than any of our differences.
March 04, 2013
I loved Van since childhood and met him once in Dayton Ohio. He was so charming and gracious. He held my hand in both of his massive hands. I will never forget his voice. I will treasure his recordings even more now.
March 04, 2013
I believe the year was 1974 when my mother and I drove from the Denver area south to Pueblo, Colorado. We had heard that Van Cliburn was playing. When we arrived at the auditorium we were told the concert had been sold out, BUT seating was available on stage behind Mr. Cliburn. I don't know when I've ever received such wonderful news! The concert was the glorious tunes that Van Cliburn could tease from the keyboard. Even in a dusty, small auditorium the music was angelic. Even though this young adult (me)was able to sit on stage with Mr. Cliburn, yet another surprise awaited. My mother and I met Van Cliburn's mother. Yes, she was backstage that night looking elegant in a turquoise brocaid with a corsage of fresh cut sweet peas. Again, reflecting on the dusty "smallville" meeting Van Cliburn and his mother was akin to a visit to Mt. Olympus. It was an honor I will never forget and still cherish.
March 04, 2013
In 1973 I was living in Shreveport and often ate at Don's Seafood. Van Cliburn and his mother often ate there and I was fortunate enough to become a speaking aquaintance with them. When his father died in 1974 I attended the visitation with a friend, Van was so kind and appreciative, he took time to sit with me and share his feelings. Beside having a great talent he was a wonderful compassionate person He will be missed by many.
March 04, 2013
I was night auditor @ The Hilton Inn in the late 70's. One night Van Cliburn and a companion walked in, carrying various paper bags, and bickering about who would carry what.
I advised that there would be "no feudin' fussin' or fightin'" in the lobby. Van immediately responded with
I'll bet you don't allow no shootin' of guns either. I replied that's right!
He was so quick-witted, and genuine!
Rest in Peace.
March 04, 2013
As a child I heard Mr. Cliburn play with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra when he was a teenager. As a music student at TCU in 1966, I was privilaged to see and hear him again. He is indeed a National and International treasure, and his funeral was a triumphant tribute to such as world figures honored him. God will be happy to have him accompany the Heavenly choir.
March 04, 2013
If Dr. Francine Reese Morrison, dear friend of your mother could write this, she would undoubtedly say you have gone to be with your Mother and The Lord. You, with your music opened doors to the hearts of the world.our lives were enriched because you were here.
Rev. Dr. Ben A. Morrison,
son of Dr. Francine and Jury Morrison
March 04, 2013
March 04, 2013
I have known van since 1955 through my wife Elaine who attended Hilliard with van I always remover how he loved ballet and we used to go to the Hollywood bowl to see Margot Fonteyn he loves driving along sunset blvd and see the vibrant nightlife may he rest in piece
March 04, 2013
Our family was privileged to hear Mr. Cliburn who was "filling in" for Andre Watts in a concert at Bass Hall. What a magical evening! My heart is heavy but also rejoicing because of his faith.

Janice McCraw, Gettysburg, PA

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