Around the State

Piano men—and women—play around at the Van Cliburn Foundation’s amateur night (Fort Worth). Plus: An aquarium you simply have to sea (Galveston); George Bush, the exhibit (Fredericksburg); Cowtown’s sesquicentennial (Fort Worth); and surf’s up…on the wall (Corpus Christi).


The Keys to Success

No, this is not the year for that piano competition named after 1958 Tchaikovsky prizewinner Van. Instead, Fort Worth’s Van Cliburn Foundation is unveiling a brand-new contest that promises quite different rewards for players and audiences alike. From June 9 to 13 the first International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs will bring together 97 pianists

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