Love your blog. I am Elizabeth Strickland’s mother. We met briefly after she played the Barber Nocturne at the Focus on Artistry part of PPI summer festival last week.
Right before the Van Cliburn, I had a birthday and my husband gave me a new computer with a huge 25 inch screen and I streamed LIVE a lot of the Van Cliburn performances and rehearsals. I especially loved the rehearsals of the finalists and the orchestra conductor alone (which were NOT archived by the way - so that was a real treat), and the ones with the finalists rehearsing with orchestra. All very close up and LIVE while I sat riveted in my office getting NO work done, I assure you.
Next year I will be sure to do the same thing - it was amazing entertainment and just so memorable to watch it all live.