MOUNT VERNON – Van Cliburn spent a lifetime spreading the inspiring message of music and the arts around the world.
Mount Vernon Music presents pianist Dr. Ron Clinton in a musical tribute to the artist and the man, in the same program he heard as a 12 year-old boy when his parents drove him to hear Van Cliburn in Abilene.
Dr. Clinton will be in concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, for this special event.
Dr. Clinton currently serves as Executive Vice President for Instruction at Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant.
Before coming to NTCC as a faculty member in music and humanities, he performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia and South America as a concert pianist, appearing as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Houston, Austin, Lubbock, and the Republic of South Korea.
In 1983, he was awarded a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with William Race and performed in master classes with such notable artists as Augustin Anievas, Claude Frank, Anton Kuerti and Leon Fleisher.
He later went on to serve as artist in residence at the University of Mokwon in Taejon, South Korea.
During the 2000-2001 academic year, Dr. Clinton was invited to join the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Southern Chile in Valdivia, Chile, where he taught piano, served as guest conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra Austral de Chile, and performed concerts throughout the country, including performances at the prestigious Frutillar International Music Festival in southern Chile.
He was married to Betty Whitlock (a violinist and former MVM Board member) for 36 years until her recent passing, and has two children, Amy Muldoon and Evan Clinton.
He is scheduled to perform Beethoven Sonata in E-flat major “Les Adieux,” Brahms Rhapsody in B minor and Intermezzo in A major, Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major and Scherzo in C-sharp minor, Rahmaninoff Prelude in G major and Prelude in G minor, and Debussy Reflets dans l’eau and L’isle Joyeuse. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Betty Whitlock Scholarship and Educational Outreach funds.
Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children's admission through high school is free. (Students 8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder.)
Memberships in MVM start at $25 and are good for the entire season from June 1 through May 31. For more information call Mount Vernon Music at 903-563-3780, or visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.
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