Documentary DVD: A Surprise in Texas – Thirteenth Cliburn Competition (2009)

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This exciting film literally brings the viewer backstage during a rigorous three-week competition schedule in May and June 2009, and offers insight into the daily lives of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition finalists while they were in Fort Worth, Texas. Hailing from 14 countries, competitors were welcomed with Texas-sized hospitality by their host families and immersed in a city best characterized by the Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s advertising slogan, “Cowboys and Culture.”

With the performances of Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff and other piano masterpieces setting the impassioned tone, this film is an inspiration to all people who overcome disabilities, hurdles, or obstacles in life.

Director: Peter Rosen
Producers: Peter Rosen; Van Cliburn Foundation
Duration: 92 minutes
Release: 2010