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Digital Van Cliburn Concert Series: Part I » Lara Downes, Arturo O’Farrill, and Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Crystal Bridges invites you to experience the first-ever digital Van Cliburn Concert Series, presented in two parts. Renowned national pianists have been paired with Northwest Arkansas talent curating musical selections that will take you on a journey through isolation, hope, yearning, and the American Spirit from the comfort of your home. During this free, virtual piano concert, acclaimed pianists Lara Downes, Arturo O’Farrill, and Anderson & Roe Piano Duo invite you into their homes across the country for an intimate performance. With musical selections from the Great American Songbook specially chosen for this moment of social distancing, join us for this unique online concert experience.

Local pianists Tomoko Kashiwagi, Claudia Burson, and Matt Nelson will present digital performances of their music, played on the Van Cliburn piano in Crystal Bridges’ Great Hall, for Part II of the digital Van Cliburn Concert Series on Thursday, December 10. Enjoy the two-part concert series from the comfort of your home.


Free, register to receive reminders about the concerts.


This Digital Van Cliburn Concert Series is presented in memory of Ellis Marsalis, Jr.

Sponsored by The Van Cliburn Concert Series Endowment Fund supported by Kelly and Marti Sudduth, Reed and Mary Ann Greenwood, Ellis and Kay Melton, Chip and Susan Chambers, and William M. Fuller Foundation. Special thanks to Tommy Smith and Steinway & Sons.

A special thanks to Robert Ginsberg and the Northwest Arkansas Jazz society for their guidance. A longtime collaborator with Crystal Bridges, the NAJS has been honored to assist as a curatorial partner in the Van Cliburn series. Information available at


About Anderson & Roe

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the twenty-first century. Hailed as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” by San Francisco Classical Voice, and “rock stars of the classical music world” by Miami Herald, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has appeared on PBS and MTV, recorded Billboard chart-topping albums, toured worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, and released Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos viewed by millions. Find out more about Anderson & Roe at, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @andersonroe.


About Lara Downes

Lara Downes has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, “luscious, moody, and dreamy” by The New York Times, and “addicting” by The Huffington Post. Lara’s forays into the broad landscape of American music have created a series of acclaimed recordings, including America Again, selected by NPR as one of “10 Albums that Saved 2016”, and hailed as “a balm for a country riven by disunion” by The Boston Globe. Her recent Sony Classical debut release For Lenny debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award.

Her Sony Masterworks recording Holes in the Sky, a celebration of the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present and future of American music, was  released in March 2019, debuting at the top of the Billboard charts. Her newest release For Love Of You marks her concerto recording debut, and celebrates the 200th birthday of the great pianist and composer Clara Schumann. Downes has creative collaborations with such artists as singer Rhiannon Giddens, cellist Yo Yo Ma and former US poet Laureate Rita Dove. Her commitment to arts advocacy, mentorship and education continues through her work with PLAN International and the Lower Eastside Girls Club among others philanthropic initiatives.


About Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, educator, and founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His debut album with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a first Grammy Award nomination in 2006. His next album Song for Chico earned a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. The 2015 release of The Offense of the Drum was yet another Grammy Award winner. Arturo was, in addition, the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award, and a Cubadisco Award for The Offense of the Drum in 2015. His newest album release (August 21, 2015) is Cuba: The Conversation Continues on the Motéma label.

Arturo received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. As his professional career began to expand, Arturo was the pianist with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. From the 1990s through the early 2000s, Arturo traveled the world performing with the likes of Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra and educating in institutions including The University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Brooklyn College.

With performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, and many more, Arturo is a recognized composer who has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, Symphony Space, The Bronx  Museum of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the famous Apollo theater. He has also composed music for films, including Hollywoodland and Salud.

December 3, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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