FORT WORTH, Texas, May 17, 2022
Nine branches of the Fort Worth Public Library will adopt competitors of the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, with free public performances May 27–31, and additional family programming throughout the Competition, which takes place June 2–18 in Fort Worth.
The Cliburn initiated Adopt-a-Competitor in 1997, in collaboration with the Fort Worth ISD, to give children a direct link to the Cliburn Competition. Competitors volunteered to present concerts to local elementary school students, answer questions, and take pictures. Students then tracked their competitor’s progress throughout the Competition. Since the program’s inception, North Texas kids have met and learned about 57 Cliburn competitors, including four medalists.
This year—due to the Competition’s historic pandemic-related one-year postponement—the Cliburn partners with the Fort Worth Public Library, giving families throughout the community the unique opportunity to get a preview of the Competition. Participating branches are creating their own displays and activities to learn about, celebrate, and welcome each performer, and will be following them throughout the Competition with watch parties planned.
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