The Nasher Sculpture Center’s new music series, Soundings, closes its 2013/2014 season on Thursday, May 15th with a compelling tribute to the late pianist Van Cliburn. The 7:30pm concert will feature six pianists – all former participants in Cliburn’s namesake piano competition – playing a game of musical chairs as they take turns, two at a time, performing Olivier Messiaen’s dark atonal soundscape, Visions de l’Amen for Two Pianos. In an homage to Cliburn’s fabled cold-war era performance of Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto in Moscow, the Juilliard String Quartet will reunite with pianist Leon Fleisher to perform Brahms’ Piano Quintet. Fleisher and the quartet first recorded this piece over fifty years ago, around the sound time that Cliburn’s career was at its height. Now in his late 80s himself, Fleisher is a master of his instrument, and this is a rare opportunity to hear him perform in an intimate setting with one of America’s great quartets. Tickets for this concert, which are $25 for non-members, are sold out, but you can put your name on a waiting list by calling Jim Parks at 214-242-5100. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street in the downtown arts district. Visit nashersculpturecenter.org.
Thu., May 15, 8 p.m., 2014