The Verona Quartet and others illuminated masterworks in the Cliburn’s final concert of its Beethoven at 250 Festival.
by Wayne Lee Gay, TheaterJones

The closing moments of The Cliburn’s Beethoven at 250 festival brought a unique and unexpectedly radiant moment on the afternoon of March 1 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


The concert opened with a performance in its original version for solo piano of Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata, performed by 2017 Cliburn Competition silver medalist Kenny Broberg. At 26, Minnesota-born Broberg continues to prove himself one of the most intelligent and intense artists on the concert stage today; certainly, he brought new insight to a very familiar work, with a notably assertive contrast of volume levels in the first movement, an arresting aura of mystery in the second, and meticulously shaped phrasing and gorgeously fleet-fingered scale passages in the finale.

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