When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath

In April of 1958, at the height of the Cold War, a tall, lanky Texan named Van Cliburn showed up at the first-ever Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and captured first prize.

The world was stunned. Cliburn became the only classical musician ever honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway, and a new era of cultural exchange took root. But in truth, a darker narrative was also at work. This lecture will reveal this story.











When: Tue., Mar. 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500
Price: $29
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In April of 1958, at the height of the Cold War, a tall, lanky Texan named Van Cliburn showed up at the first-ever Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and captured first prize.

The world was stunned. Cliburn became the only classical musician ever honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway, and a new era of cultural exchange took root. But in truth, a darker narrative was also at work. This lecture will reveal this story.

Buy tickets/get more info now