Today on Current State: February's biggest news stories; a Public Poetry Announcement with local poet Diane Wakoski; a friend remembers pianist Van Cliburn; and a Detroit Tigers' season preview with Mario Impemba.
In 1958, a young American musician arrived in Moscow to give the concert of his life. Classically trained pianist Van Cliburn was a 23-year-old Texan who stunned a team of Soviet judges with his flawless execution of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Cliburn’s tour de force performance launched a successful musical career and a string of visits to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Van Cliburn died yesterday at age 78.
Last year, the Detroit Tigers fought their way to the World Series, only to be swept by the San Francisco Giants. This season, many of the pieces from last year's team return, including Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
Tigers' play-by-play man and MSU alum Mario Impemba assesses the 2013 Tigers and whether they have another chance at the World Series.