A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

The spring 2021 season of Cliburn at Home features regular new episodes of two series: Cliburn Masterpiece (biweekly), which examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works; and Cliburn Kids (weekly), which brings fun musical breaks to kids, their parents, and anyone who loves music and learning.

All episodes of Cliburn Masterpiece and Cliburn Kids premiere at the listed dates and times on the Cliburn Facebook and YouTube channels. They are then available for on-demand viewing on those channels, as well as on IGTV and Cliburn.org/cliburn-at-home. All past episodes can be viewed on all of these channels.

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Every other Sunday – 2 p.m. CT

To watch premieres at listed times: Facebook and YouTube

To watch later on demand: Facebook, YouTube, IGTV, Cliburn.org/masterpiece

Cliburn Masterpiece is a series that examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works. Cliburn laureates and other esteemed specialists, in and outside the field of music, join host Buddy Bray to lead us through the story of each piece—the composer, the background, the narrative, the characters, the technical difficulties, and more. Each episode ends with a standout, full performance of the piece from a past Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.


February 7         SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, op. 16

                            featuring Rachel Cheung, 2017 finalist and audience award

                           + Dr. Jeffrey Todd, TCU professor of modern languages and literature

February 21       SCRIABIN Sonata No. 5, op. 53

                            featuring Sean Chen, 2013 third prize

                           + Jerome Lowenthal, pianist

March 7              RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit

                            featuring Haochen Zhang, 2009 gold medalist

                           + Marc-André Hamelin, pianist

March 28            PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, op. 84

                            featuring Georgy Tchaidze, 2017 finalist

                           + Dr. Peter Kupfer, SMU associate professor and chair of musicology

April 11               SCHUBERT Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

                            featuring Yekwon Sunwoo, 2017 gold medalist

April 25               MENDELSSOHN Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, op. 28 (“Scottish Sonata”)

                            featuring Dasol Kim, 2017 jury discretionary award


Every Tuesday – 4 p.m. CT 

To watch premieres at listed times: Facebook and YouTube 

To watch later on demand: Facebook, YouTube, IGTV, Cliburn.org/kids

For our youngest Cliburn friends! Cliburn Kids is a (growing!) collection of wonderfully entertaining 7- to 10-minute videos designed to introduce children to the fun of classical music. How does music paint pictures, tell stories, express feelings? Host Buddy Bray and guest artists use individual pieces to explore topics that delve into the way music is organized and structured, counting and rhythm, expressive elements, and sometimes just lighthearted enjoyment! Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children, and activities are provided for each episode that are perfect for in-classroom or at-home studies. Cliburn in the Classroom programs written by Dr. John Feierabend and Buddy Bray.


February 2         Pictures You Can Hear: Circus

                           featuring DEBUSSY General Lavine-eccentric

February 9         Pictures You Can Hear: Oxcart

                           featuring MUSSORGSKY “Oxcart” from Pictures at an Exhibition

February 16       Dancing Snow

                           featuring DEBUSSY “The Snow is Dancing” from Children’s Corner

                           with Kenny Broberg, piano

February 23       Pianos & Guitars

                           featuring BACH Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999 

                           + SCARLATTI Keyboard Sonata, K. 141

                           with Richard Laabs, guitar + Evan Mitchell, piano

March 2              Building Blocks

                           featuring MOZART Sonata in D Major, K. 284, mvt 1

                           with Alex McDonald, piano

March 9              Legends: The Sunken Cathedral

                           featuring DEBUSSY La Cathédrale engloutie

March 23            Playing with Numbers: In 9

                           featuring BRUBECK “Blue Rondo à la Turk”

                           with Evan Mitchell, piano

March 30            Perpetual Motion

                           featuring SCHUBERT Impromptu in E-flat Major, op. 90, no. 2

                           with Clayton Stephenson, piano + Kevin Gunter, host 

April 6                The Hen

                           featuring RAMEAU “La Poule” (The Hen)

                           with Gloria Lin, piano + Sara Doan, host

April 13              Do Re Mi

                           featuring CZERNY Etude

                           with Corrie Donovan, soprano + co-host

April 20              Musical Opposites: Pitch & Color

                           featuring SAINT-SAËNS Bassoon Sonata in G Major, op. 168, mvt 1

                           with Cara Owens, bassoon

April 27              Musical Opposites: Tempo & Dynamics

                           featuring selections from: MUSSORGSKY Ballet of Unhatched 

                           Chicks in Their Shells; CHOPIN Prelude in E Minor, 

                           op. 28, no. 4; MUSSORSKY Great Gate of Kiev

                           CHOPIN Etude in C Minor, op. 25, no. 12 (“Ocean”)

                           with Daniela Liebman and Gloria Lin, piano

May 4                 Pattern Play

                           featuring VINE Sonata for Flute and Piano 

                           + BACH Prelude in C Major, WTC I, BWV 846 

                           with Mehrdad Gholami, flute

May 11               Playing with Numbers: In 6

                           featuring MOZART Theme from Sonata in A Major, K. 331

                           with Shiv Yajnik, piano