Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn gets the National Medal of Arts and Humanities from President Obama in 2011. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images News)

Celebrated Pianist, Cold War Hero Van Cliburn Dies At 78

For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

02/27/2013

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