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A Surprise In Texas (2010)

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After years of practice-filled days, the young competitors came from the far corners of the world seeking gold in North America. However, the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition participants were not Olympic athletes, but rather inspired musicians with dazzling technique and artistry developed well beyond their youth. This film literally brings the viewer backstage during their rigorous three-week competition schedule in May and June 2009, and offers insight into the daily lives of the competitors hailing from 14 countries while they were in Fort Worth, Tex. With the performances of Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff and other piano masterpieces setting the impassioned tone, this film is an inspiration to all people who overcome disabilities, hurdles, or obstacles in life.

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Critic Reviews for A Surprise In Texas

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It isn't far into the film before you're wishing they all could win.

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Houston Chronicle
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Backstage scenes of hugs and tears, and interactions among the young musicians and warmly supportive host families, are utterly endearing.

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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A Surprise in Texas never satisfies in the way a truly immersive competition doc, such as Spellbound, does, but for classical music enthusiasts, it's still an entertaining peek behind the curtain of a high-stakes, high-wire three weeks.

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Austin Chronicle

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