Death of Van Cliburn

July 12, 1934 - February 27, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas | Age 78

Celebrated American classical pianist dies
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ANGELA K. BROWN, The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

And he did it all with only a piano and some Tchaikovsky concertos.

The celebrated pianist played for every American president since Harry Truman, plus royalty and heads of state around the...

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