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Sunday funeral scheduled for celebrated pianist

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Music will be central to the funeral for the celebrated pianist Van Cliburn, whose virtuosity triumphed over the Cold War.
    
The Fort Worth Symphony and the Schola Cantorum of Texas are to be part of the service scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where Cliburn worshipped for decades. Entombment at the mausoleum at Greenwood Memorial Park will follow.
    
Cliburn died Wednesday at 78 after fighting bone cancer. He had played for every American president since Harry Truman, plus royalty and heads of state around the world. But he is best remembered for winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, as the height of the Cold War.

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