Show Business: Van's Big Year

Surrounded by personal representatives, pressagents and recording executives, Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. strode into the mahogany-stained elegance of Manhattan's Steinway Hall one day last week to chat about his improbably skyrocketing career. During the fall and winter season, he said, he would play roughly 55 concerts with orchestras across the country. He would also throw his rehearsals open to teenagers. He drew a check for $1,250 from his pocket (part of his $6,250 Moscow prize money) and presented it to the city of New York to be used to start other young artists on their way.

Before his Moscow triumph, Cliburn was...

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