Sunday, November 04, 2007

Van Cliburn; Angel of Detente

In 1962 the great pianist, Van Cliburn played the magnificent Brahms Piano Concert No.2 in Russia and brought the entire USSR to its feet. In so doing he displayed an artistic brilliance more capable of inspiring detente than any political arena. The power of great art has no limitations and the world in its current state of political unrest needs art more than ever. Great art is able to rise above dogma, fanaticism, hatred, intolerance and fear. Thank you Mr. Cliburn for your music; for your enduring gift to planet earth.

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