Once again Fort Worth proves to be the "City of Cowboys and Culture."  For 13 years the Van Cliburn Piano Competition has been hosted in the Cultural district of Fort Worth. You can now experience this competition on film. Visit Fort Worth through the eyes of these competing hopefuls!

PBS presents A Surprise in Texas: The Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, featuring the finalists vying for the 2009 competition's coveted gold medal. The documentary airs on PBS stations nationwide on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 9:30 p.m. (ET) (check local listings).

Twenty-nine of the world's best young pianists hailing from 14 countries converged in Fort Worth, Texas, in May 2009 for a once-in-a-lifetime chance at gold in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The documentary features Haochen Zhang of China, 19--the youngest competitor--as well as blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, 20, of Japan, and Yeol Eum Son, 23, of South Korea.

A screening of the film will be hosted by City Winery in New York City on August 22 at 7 p.m. The event includes a performance by former Cliburn competitor Spencer Myer, screening of the film, and a Q&A afterward by director Peter Rosen.

A DVD of the film will be available September 2 at Cliburn.org.

For audiences in the Fort Worth Metroplex, the Van Cliburn Foundation promotes great music and world-class artists through the annual Cliburn Concerts series. It reaches over 30,000 elementary school students annually with the education programs of Musical Awakenings®. In 1999, it established the quadrennial International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™, which The Boston Globe proclaimed "a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what."

Visit Cliburn.org to learn more about the Cliburn as it approaches the 50th anniversary of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2012. Visit www.FortWorth.com to learn more about tours, shopping and things to do in Fort Worth.

About Van Cliburn
It was the height of the Cold War in 1958 when a young Texan named Van Cliburn became the winner of the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Upon his return to the United States, the 23-year-old Cliburn was given a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only classical musician ever so honored. His album of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, one of the pieces he performed in Moscow, became the first classical recording to sell a million copies. Van Cliburn's mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn, was trained at the Julliard School in New York, and began teaching her son when he was age three. He spent most of his childhood in Texas, until age 17, when he went to Julliard. Six years later, Van Cliburn was the most famous pianist in the world. He was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and has received the Kennedy Center Honors Medallion and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other awards.

KERA is the presenting station for A Surprise in Texas: The Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at KERA.org. The station's extensive coverage of the arts can be found at ArtAndSeek.net. KERA TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. WORLD broadcasts on 13.2. KERA FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler, and 99.3 in Sherman. KERA's new music station KXT 91.7 FM is also streamed online at KXT.org.

ExxonMobil is the Principal Corporate Sponsor of the Van Cliburn Foundation. American Airlines; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, U.S. Trust; City of Fort Worth; Steinway & Sons; and XTO Energy Inc.are Official Corporate Sponsors. Official Sponsors are the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, Beaumont Foundation of America, the Burnett Foundation, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, and the T. Boone Pickens Foundation. Star-Telegram is the exclusive print media sponsor, and WRR 101.1 FM is the official radio station of Cliburn Concerts.