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Praise for "When the World Stopped to Listen"

"A great book about a great American musician who, in the tensions of Cold War, helped move our world from war to peace."
— Sergei Khrushchev


"Exciting, thorough, and deeply moving... a most satisfying experience."
— Emanuel Ax


"...Marvelously researched and written. I couldn't put the book down."
— Yefim Bronfman


"Beautifully written, this is an insider's report of the onstage and offstage drama around the 1958 triumph of Van Cliburn and the incredible musical events that led to a Cold War 'thaw'..."
— André Watts


"A spellbinding, even a startling, adventure story, starring the legendary American pianist: a life of triumph and tragedy."
— David Dubal


"[Cliburn's] triumph and subsequent career can be understood only in the context of Cold War political, social, and musical tensions, a heady mix that Stuart Isacoff examines with unusual skill."
— Garrick Ohlsson

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EVENTS & NEWS 2017

March 22, 2017
National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC “When the World Stopped to Listen”

April 29, 2017
Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, MA
"When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and its Aftermath"

May 9, 2017
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Piano Master Class
1:30PM

May 9, 2017
Highland Park University Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
Authors Live!
Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Highland Park Library and The Friends of the SMU libraries.
6PM Reception; 7PM Program

May 23, 2017
Closter Public Library, Closter, NJ
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen"

June 5, 2017
15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Ft. Worth, TX
Lecture on Van Cliburn in Moscow
11 AM

June 7, 2017
15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Ft. Worth, TX
Panel Discussion on Cultural Diplomacy
10 AM

July 29, 2017
National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel, Lombard, IL Keynote Speaker

 

EVENTS & NEWS 2016

June 22 to 29, 2016
Ponant Music Cruise aboard L'Austral
From Stockholm, Sweden to Bergen, Norway
Lectures on Grieg, and on the Musical World of Liszt, Chopin and Schumann

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Music at Menlo, Atherton, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"

Friday, July 29, 2016
Steinway Piano Gallery, Los Altos, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Steinway Piano Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"

Sunday, July 31
Steinway Piano Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Lecture, "American Sputnik: Van Cliburn in Moscow"
2 pm

Monday, August 1, 2016
Music at Menlo, Atherton, CA
Cafe Conversation: "Scriabin and Other Russian Madmen"

October 4 to 11, 2016
Ponant Musical Cruise from Athens to Rome
Lectures on Romantic Music