A Centennial Celebration
Curated by Marjorie
Collaborating with Van Cliburn
Audio excerpt of Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra with Cliburn at the piano in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert no. 2, recorded 3 August 1967 at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Van Cliburn first performed with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in June 1958, only two months following the young pianist's triumph at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. The close relationship Cliburn and Ormandy developed in the ensuing years, and the mentoring role the elder conductor played is evident in this letter, where Cliburn thanks Ormandy for his kindness, patience, and time.
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