For First Time Ever, Esteemed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Finals Will Play Live in U.S. Cinemas June 10 Only

Fathom Events and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Bring This Prestigious Musical Contest to Movie Theaters, Including an
Exclusive Live Interview With Maestro Leonard Slatkin

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CliburnLive–In honor of famed pianist Van Cliburn, the Texan who went to
Moscow and won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 at the
height of the Cold War, comes a musical event of epic proportions – “2017
Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas
.” The one-day event will
highlight the six final pianists in concerto performances with the Fort
Worth Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

Founded in 1962, this time-honored tradition makes its big-screen debut
through Fathom Events in partnership with the Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition. Hosted quadrennially in Cliburn’s hometown of Fort
Worth, Texas, the Competition will be broadcast live to movie theaters
nationwide on Saturday, June 10, at 1:00 p.m. ET /12:00 p.m. CT /11:00
a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT. During the event, cinema audiences will
experience an exclusive interview with Mr. Slatkin with WQXR (New
York)’s Elliott Forrest.

Tickets for “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in Cinemas” can
be purchased online by visiting
or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will
be able to enjoy the event in more than 300 select movie theaters
through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of
theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website
(theaters and participants are subject to change).

Hailed as “a cross between the Miss America Pageant, the Olympic Games,
the Academy Awards™ and the Pulitzer Prize” by the Boston Globe,
the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will bring the
very best pianists in the world to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete for the
coveted Cliburn gold medal and a chance at an international performing
career. An esteemed screening jury traveled around the world to hear 146
pianists perform before a live audience. From these auditions, 30 of the
world’s finest pianists will be invited to compete in Fort Worth.
Seventeen days of competition culminate in concerto performances by six
finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Mr.

“Van Cliburn’s vision was to share excellent classical music with people
around the world,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “As
the organization that bears his name, we proudly continue his legacy by
utilizing the latest tools to reach wider audiences with each edition of
the Competition, showcasing the talent of our exceptional competitors.
For 2017, we’re pleased to have such an innovative partner in Fathom
Events, which will help us bring this music and these artists into movie
theaters across the United States.”

“The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is one of the most
elite musical events in the world,” Fathom Events Vice President of
Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “It truly showcases some incredible
talent and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing this to a national
audience in movie theaters for the first time.”

For artwork/photos related to “2017 Cliburn Competition LIVE in
,” visit the Fathom Events press

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event
cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top
Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall
distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment
Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal
Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC),
Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events
such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera,
dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National
Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts
with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM
Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey
With Love and Kirk Cameron’s Revive US. Fathom Events takes audiences
behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As,
backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the
ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network
(“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America,
bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens
in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit

About the Cliburn

The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its
international competitions, education programs, and concert series
embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery
of new artists. Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “one of the
world’s highest-visibility classical music contests” (The Dallas
Morning News
) and remains committed to its original ideals of
supporting and launching the careers of young pianists, age 18 to 30
(fifteenth edition May 25–June 10, 2017). It shares the transformative
powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully produced
webcasts and by providing comprehensive career management and concert
bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also
produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival
for exceptional 13 to 17-year-old pianists (second edition June 2019),
and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding
non-professional pianists age 35 and older (eighth edition June 2020).
For more information, visit


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