The dynasty of great Texan pianists dating back to Van Cliburn has entered its Golden Age with the emergence of Cindy Elizondo, fourth runner-up in the 2000 Miss Texas Pageant! Mlle Elizondo, who was named Miss Teen Texas in 1997, Miss Gulf Coast in 2000 and Miss White Settlement (!) in 2001, gives us an utterly breathtaking, unforgettable performance in this recording (1.8MB, right-click if you want to download to your hard drive). The announcer astutely points out that "music is the universal language, and Chopin was the greatest composer of this language." Mmm, I guess I never thought of it that way. But I assure you, you have never heard showPAN's Sharezo No. 1 in b min, op. 20 played like this.
After listening, it is interesting to reflect on the fact that Mlle Elizondo was subsequently awarded the $1,000 William R. Morris Memorial Talent Award and the $200 Rick Stitzel Most Talented Musician Award.
As a bonus, I stwongly encouwage you to pwease, pwease awso go wisit Wing. She twuly is a wonder!
Heartfelt thanks go out to M. L- and M. S- for bringing these joyous performances to my ears.