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Van Cliburn was a Cold War cultural ambassador
Van Cliburn was a Cold War cultural ambassador

Van Cliburn, the lanky Texan pianist who died Wednesday at 78, was an unofficial cultural ambassador for the United States during much of the Cold War. His win at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow made him a beloved musical figure both in the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. OBIT: Van Cliburn, pianist who gave U.S. a Cold War victory, dies at 78 In the above video created by the musician's foundation, Cliburn is shown performing in Moscow to appreciative audiences. His victory, at age 23, made the cover of Time magazine, which dubbed him "The Texan Who Conquered Russia."  Nearly 30 years later, Cliburn was still an important cultural-political figure,...

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