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New Cliburn additions during the week

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival starts Thursday, April 9 and runs through Sunday, April 12. It spans 25 blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Also billed as Fort Worth’s largest, free music festival, Main Street features more than 100 performances throughout the weekend, including local and national acts and musicians, performance artists, dancers and street performers.

This year’s lineup features the southern rock sounds of The Georgia Satellites (Keep Your Hands To Yourself) and Atlanta Rhythm Section (Champagne Jam), the Latin groove of Tito Puente, Jr. with Latin Katz, blues guitarist Robben Ford, Havana NRG, Fort Worth’s own Green River Ordinance, open-air concerts by Van Cliburn Award Winner Steven Lin and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, in a special free performance at Bass Hall on Saturday.

New for 2015 is a Frost “Locals Only” Stage on Sevenh Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, as well as the new Fort Worth Singer Songwriter Stage located in the Times Ten Wine Tasting Tent.

www.mainstreetartsfest.org/

Arts Festival attendees can also visit the new Cliburn “Play Me” Piano Lounge at Second and Main Streets in downtown Fort Worth (in front of the Wells Fargo Tower) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily April 9–12. Located just outside the new Cliburn offices, the piano lounge will house a Steinway & Sons grand piano, open and available for anyone to play. Non-pianists will be able to enjoy cool drinks at nearby cocktail tables while listening to others perform and can also play on the Cliburn’s Giant Floor Piano—like the one featured in the movie “Big!” Grand piano provided by Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston.

During the same weekend, the Cliburn will also present the second installment of its Cliburn in the Community program. The program brings in young, emerging artists for weeklong residencies that include performances and other community engagement opportunities.

Cliburn in the Community concerts with 2013 Cliburn Competition John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award Winner Steven Lin:

Thursday, Apr. 9, 6:30 p.m. Fort Worth Central Library Full recital

Saturday, Apr. 11, 10:30 a.m. Steinway Hall – Plano Master class

Saturday, Apr. 11, 6 p.m. Benbrook Library 45-minute recital

Cliburn.org.

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