Van Cliburn, Nikita Khrushchev, and a Lull in the Cold War

By |2019-11-19T14:32:27-06:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Cold War, Culture, Music, Russia|

At some point during the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Nikita Khrushchev was asked whether it would be okay to give the prize to the American virtuoso, Van Cliburn… One of the most famous—and unexpected—lulls in the Cold War came when Texan Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. stepped off a plane in Moscow in April [...]