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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 1, 2017
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC-FM
"When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and its Aftermath"
12:20PM

May 9, 2017
Meadows School of the Arts, Dept. of Music
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 13, 2017
Congregation Bet Simchat Torah, New York, NY
Author Reading

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

May 25, 2017
KERA Public Radio, Dallas, TX
Live Interview
1PM

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 22, 2017
International Keyboard Institute & Festival
Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, New York NY
Lecture: "Louis Moreau Gottschalk & the History of the American Pianist"
4 PM

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

September 29 through October 1, 2017
Cremona Musica, Cremona, Italy
• September 30: Receiving Cremonamusica prize in the category "Communication," 6:30 PM
• October 1: Giving lecture on "Temperament" in the Sala Amati, 3:30 PM

October 14-15, 2017
11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Competition Judge

November 3, 2017
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
Friday Piano Seminar, 10AM

November 8, 2017
The Lotos Club
5 E. 66th Street, New York, NY
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen"

 

EVENTS & NEWS 2018

February 26, 2018
The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
Lecture: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
2:30 PM

March 13, 2018
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Lunchtime Lecture Series: "When the World Stopped to Listen"
Noon to 1 PM