For the past two weeks, 30 of the world’s elite competitive classical pianists between the ages of 18 and 30 have been battling it out on stage at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall (525 Commerce St.) for the title of 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist. After two grueling rounds, judges have narrowed the field of pianists down to the top six performers. On Saturday, you can hear these six finalists tear through some of the world’s most difficult piano music with the help of the Fort Worth Symphony and conductor Leonard Slatkin. The performances run from 7:30 to 10 p.m., and tickets range from $40 to $135. If you want to catch some of the ivory-tickling action on the cheap, several of the eliminated competitors will give a free performance from noon to 1:30 p.m. across the street from Bass Hall in McDavid Studio, where the evening’s competition is also simulcast for free. Tickets and information at cliburn.org.
Fri., June 7, 2013