In Sunday’s (7/26) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes that as the Cleveland International Piano Competition “prepares for its 18th edition next week, organizers are making every effort to keep up with the times. … Of the many new bells and whistles in store for the 2009 contest, which begins Tuesday at the Cleveland Play House and ends Sunday, Aug. 9, with finalists playing concertos at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra under Jahja Ling, the most conspicuous involves video. For the first time in its history, the competition will display simultaneous video of all 33 contestants during the first two rounds. A screen above the stage in the Bolton Theatre will provide various angles on the recitalists, showing their hands, faces and, in a nod to piano aficionados interested in pedaling, feet. … The Cleveland organizers plan to stream live video of the contest’s first two rounds via a link on its Web site, The widely adopted Flash Media Player format should allow most fans and family members around the world with high-speed Internet connections to follow the events in real time.”

Posted July 27, 2009