|You gotta be someone very, very important to have a street named after you.|
Here I am, in Fort Worth, Texas, one day before the opening of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As I am only attending the Preliminary Rounds, there isn't much I can do outside of Bass Performance Hall except today, which essentially is my only day for sightseeing. Fort Worth is a city yet has the feel of friendly, cosy little town. The competition dominates pretty much every these few days, there are flyers, posters all over town, and almost everyone here knows about the competition.
|The two limestone angels that front Bass Performance Hall, home of the Cliburn.|
|A room with a view: Sundance Square in the town centre of Fort Worth. |
Bass Hall is just visible at top left.
|The old Tarrant County Courthouse, as viewed from Houston Street.|
|View of Fort Worth city from the hills near the Amon Carter Museum|
|The tribute to Van Cliburn in the West Portal of Bass Hall.|
|It is almost impossible to escape the presence of the competition in Fort Worth, with posters (left) to be found in many part of the city, as well as a portrait of Van Cliburn in one of the galleries.|
|Artistic banners of The Cliburn are found on most downtown streets.|