They Came To Play
Airs Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, June 13, 2011
"They Came to Play" is an uplifting documentary chronicling the passion, pressure and potential surrounding the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation - a prestigious event which reunites 75 of the world's best amateur pianists with their dreams, if only for a brief time.
Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged 35 to almost 80, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music and camaraderie. Entertaining, irreverent and, above all, inspiring, "They Came to Play" provides an intimate look into the lives of these colorful, multi-faceted competitors as they strive to balance the demands of work and family with their love of music.
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