Below the flyer is a draft news release, "Fort Worth will be the musical capital of the world...," showing the proposed competition events schedule.
|Part of the organizing effort was determining how the new Cliburn organization would present itself to the public. 1961 correspondence shows an array of letterheads representing the groups involved in launching the competition.|
|Unlike many piano competitions at the time, all phases of the first Van Cliburn Competition were open to the audience. Also incorporated from the beginning was the practice of inviting distinguished official observers.|
A 1961 letter from Grace Ward Lankford to the Honorable Jim Wright revealed that Vice President Lyndon Johnson was invited to be Honorary Chairman of the first Cliburn competition; it also asked the names of Washington legations in order to issue invitations.
|Grace Lankford secured the presence of eminent music critic Paul Hume for commentary during the first Van Cliburn Competition. In a letter dated May 9, 1962, months prior to the competition, Hume praises Lankford's efforts and expresses excitement about reviewing what he plainly considered to be a momentous event. (In the last section of this exhibit, "wrap-up," is Hume's final, glowing write-up of the first Cliburn for the Saturday Review, mirrored in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)|
Hospitality was an important part of the Cliburn Competition from the beginning. As part of arrangements in 1962 forms were circulated among contestants to ascertain their interest in various events. A list of contestants by country was tied to host assignments, reflected in a press article. Social activities were described in a "Contestants" companion article.
More detailed contestant information was presented in an insert for the competition program.