There's no denying the entertainment value of high-level classical music competitions. They come pre-loaded with a 24/7 soundtrack of the most 50 Shades of Grey, romantic music ever written. Sure, competitions are barbaric but so is the Super Bowl.
From a global screening, 30 competitors are selected for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Can the world's preeminent piano competition anoint a truly original artist?
After months of grueling rounds of the usual knuckle-grinding etudes and superhuman virtuoso showpieces, the last week began on Monday with the first of five free noontime concerts at Christ Church Cathedral across from Lilly Hall.