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

This event occurred on December 3, click here to watch the concert.

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. Tune in here at 7 p.m. (CST) on December 3 to view the virtual concert!

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, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Arturo’s professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.

In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. Learn more about ALJA at

In 2010, Arturo traveled with the original Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers, and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba.

An avid supporter of the arts, Arturo has performed with Ballet Hispánico and the Malpaso Dance Company, for whom he has written three ballets. In addition, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company is touring a ballet titled Open Door, choreographed by Ron Brown to several of Arturo’s compositions and recordings. Ron Brown’s own Evidence Dance Company has commissioned Arturo to compose New Conversations, which premiered in 2018 in Becket, MA.

Arturo is currently a professor of global jazz studies and assistant dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at UCLA, and has been honored as a Steinway artist for many years.

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