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Weekend services for late famous pianist Van Cliburn

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World-renowned pianist Van Cliburn is being remembered and honored in North Texas this weekend.

Hundreds attended a public visitation Saturday at the Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth where Cliburn attended services for decades.

On Sunday, the public is also invited to join his family and friends for funeral services there at 3 P.M.

Music will be central to the funeral for Cliburn, whose virtuosity triumphed over the Cold War.

He is best known for winning the first Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War.

The Fort Worth Symphony and the Schola Cantorum of Texas are to be part of the service scheduled for Sunday. Entombment at the mausoleum at Greenwood Memorial Park will follow.

Cliburn died on Wednesday after a long battle with bone cancer.

He was 78 years old.

He had played for every American president since Harry Truman, plus royalty and heads of state around the world.

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