Cliburn Confesses: Likes Rock 'n' Roll
NO RIVAL FOR ELVIS Cliburn Confesses: Likes Rock W Roll KILGORE, Tex. -- Â»-"Our product is rather different," pianist Van Cliburn said grinning after somebody suggested he is a rival of rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley. Cliburn, now 24, said he isn't very good at rock 'n' roll but has "invested many nickels in juke boxes to listen to it." This confession came after he received a long and loud ovation from an audience of children for h'S performance of the long Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto. Cliburn said he inaugurated his concerts for children because he thought of himself as a boy. "I wanted to play for my own contemporaries and convince them that my interpretation of classical music is good, too," he said. Cliburn played two concerts, was acclaimed by speaker after speaker and honored by all and sundry at "Van Cliburn day Texas." The lanky pianist was toasted in his home town here the first time formally since he won Tschaikovsky piano competition in Moscow last April and became perhaps the most famous young musician of two continents. Texas Gov. Price Daniel, main speaker, said: "In this day and time when the eyes of the world are usually on material achievements, it is heartening to know that mankind can still be impressed by the cultural accomplishment of young man who has devoted life to making other people happy through great music."