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Justine Sweeney
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Frisco Association for the Arts (Frisco Arts) welcomes the Cliburn as partner for the third annual Frisco Arts Walk & Run on Saturday, October 6 at HALL Park.  Through community outreach, special events, membership programs and multiple communication platforms, Frisco Arts celebrates and advocates for the arts community within Frisco.  It is an honor for Frisco Arts to be recognized as an important outreach partner to support established cultural cornerstones like the Cliburn to grow their audiences in Frisco where there is a high concentration of young classical musicians. 

The Cliburn is bringing their influence of classical piano music to Frisco.  Representatives will be on-site to share information about the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, which takes place in Dallas on May 31 – June 8, 2019 with Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush as honorary chair. 

“As we prepare to welcome the very best 13- to 17-year-old pianists from around the world to Dallas next year, one of the Cliburn’s top priorities is forming new, purposeful relationships with the region’s innovative arts organizations, including Frisco Arts. We’re looking forward to being at the Walk and Run this fall, to meet the community of Frisco and to introduce the exceptional talent that they can expect at the Cliburn Junior Competition,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. 

The Cliburn Red Carpet will be hosted at Frisco Arts Walk & Run and consists of a Steinway grand piano on site at the festival for amateur musicians to perform throughout the day. For the first time ever, the Cliburn will present Clayton Stephenson, 2015 Cliburn Junior Jury Discretionary Award winner, with a special performance and meet-and-greet. 

“Frisco Arts’ mission is to make the arts accessible to all citizens and highlight the talent in our city and beyond,” said Tammy Meinershagen, executive director of Frisco Arts.  “Frisco Arts Walk brings all art forms to the community and this year our reach gains international exposure through a partnership with the Cliburn.   Set in among the Texas Sculpture Garden of HALL Park, this immersive arts experience is truly unique to Frisco.”

 

ABOUT FRISCO ARTS WALK & RUN:

Frisco Arts Walk is a day of celebrating the arts in Frisco at HALL Park among the Texas Sculpture Garden, the largest private collection of Texas sculptures ever assembled and made available to the public on Saturday, October 6.  The day will kick-off with an arts-themed 5K run and followed by the Frisco Arts Walk festival-style immersive arts experience.  Activities include hands-on art demonstrations, vignette performances, artisan booths, food trucks, The Cliburn Red Carpet and a concert at the HALL Park amphitheater with the award-winning UNT Lab Bands and the UNT Jazz Singers. INFORMATION: Additional information:  https://friscoarts.org/contact/ or contact 972-810-1028. Frisco Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization committed to advancing the arts in Frisco and serves the Official Art Agency for the City of Frisco. 

 

ABOUT THE CLIBURN

The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (sixteenth edition, May 28–June 12, 2021) remains the most visible expression of that mission and is, as always, committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young artists, ages 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully-produced webcasts and by providing comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival for exceptional 13 to 17-year-old pianists (second edition, May 31–June 8, 2019), and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older (eighth edition, May/June 2020).

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees, through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series at Bass Performance Hall, the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It presents 1,000 in-school, interactive music education programs for more than 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with over five million visits from 170 nations for live concert and competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 5,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations. Detailed information  about the Cliburn and its programs is available at cliburn.org.


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