Fort Worth — At this year's Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the six pianists in the final rounds on June 9 and 10 will be seen on the big screen at 300 movie theaters nationwide, in a simulcast in partnership with Fathom Events. The event will happen on June 10, so the three finalists from June 9 will be presented on a delayed broadcast, with the three finalists on June 10 presented live.
The entire festival, May 25 through June 10, will be live-streamed on the Cliburn's website, but seeing the finals on the big screen is the only way to see the final round in High Definition.
This includes three local movie theaters: The UA Fossil Creek in Fort Worth, and the Cinemark 17 and UA Galaxy 10 in Dallas. (With the possibility for more theaters to be added, depending on demand.)
You can read more about this in Mark Lowry's story for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, here.
Here's more about the broadcast, and how to get tickets, from the Cliburn news release:
The Cliburn is proud to announce that the Final Round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be broadcast in cinemas around the United States. The one-day event “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” will highlight the six final pianists in concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. (Friday evening performances will be presented in delayed broadcast, leading into Saturday's performances presented live.)
The Cliburn Competition's national cinema debut is made possible through a partnership with Fathom Events. Final Round performances will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, June 10, at 1:00 p.m. ET /12:00 p.m. CT /11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT. During the event, cinema audiences will experience an exclusive interview with Mr. Slatkin with WQXR (New York)’s Elliott Forrest.
Tickets for “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” go on sale Thursday, February 23, and can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 300 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Hailed as “a cross between the Miss America Pageant, the Olympic Games, the Academy Awards™ and the Pulitzer Prize” by the Boston Globe, the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will bring the very best pianists in the world to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal and a chance at an international performing career. An esteemed screening jury traveled around the world to hear 146 pianists perform before a live audience. From these auditions, 30 of the world’s finest pianists will be invited to compete in Fort Worth. Seventeen days of competition culminate in concerto performances by six finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Mr. Slatkin.
“Van Cliburn’s vision was to share excellent classical music with people around the world,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “As the organization that bears his name, we proudly continue his legacy by utilizing the latest tools to reach wider audiences with each edition of the Competition, showcasing the talent of our exceptional competitors. For 2017, we’re pleased to have such an innovative partner in Fathom Events, which will help us bring this music and these artists into movie theaters across the United States.”
“The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is one of the most elite musical events in the world,” Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “It truly showcases some incredible talent and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing this to a national audience in movie theaters for the first time.”