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Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc was pleased to again host The Cliburn - Cliburn Kids on the Road for a free interactive, educational concert March 15, 2024 in the Great Room at Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX!

Cliburn Kids on the Road presented “Laugh Out Loud,” a program that finds the funny in whimsical songs.

This was a FREE event, but space was limited so pre-registration was required.



They say laughter is the best medicine! It releases endorphins and strengthens our resiliency to stress. It increases oxygen intake, making us feel more focused and energized. In a time when kids are under more academic and social pressure than ever before, it’s important to remember to just have FUN! This program introduces kids to witty pieces of classical music and shows how even serious composers let loose once in a while.

Featured works:

BACH, P.D.Q. The Short-Tempered Clavier (VI. E-Flat Major)


HAYDN Symphony No. 94 in G Major (“Surprise”)

HIROMI The Tom and Jerry Show

KIRCHER Gold Coin Variations

POULENC Sonata for Four Hands (I. Prelude)

KABALEVSKY Comedians’ Gallop

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Sara Doan – Host
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 Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of 3 with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Ms. Doan won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at TCU.

Ms. Doan has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra (Dallas) and the North Texas Symphony Orchestra (Denton). She has presented recitals across Texas, and in Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.  In December 2010, Ms. Doan served as guest artist in the First International Piano Festival of Bogota, Colombia where she performed, taught master classes, led discussions, and served on the competition jury.

Ms. Doan has served as collaborative pianist-in-residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State and adjunct professor of piano at the University of North Texas. She maintains a private studio in the DFW area and is an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College -Northwest Campus, while performing regularly with her chamber groups, Trio 8831 and Apana Trio. She also presents lectures and educational programs through the Fort Worth Music Fund and Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.

Dongni Xie - Pianist
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Originally from China, Dongni Xie is a first-prize winner of many international piano competitions, including the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, West Virginia International Piano Competition, and Texas Young Artists. She is in demand around the globe, having performed in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Château de Fontainebleau (France), Dream Forest Arts Center (South Korea), Gijon City Hall (Spain), and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (United States). Ms. Xie has been praised for her “bold and riveting” (Peninsula) and “bravura performance…mature and relaxed, perfectly in line with its composer’s presumed intention” (Herald Tribune). She has appeared as soloist playing with orchestras in California and Colorado, and boasts appearances as featured artist at many international music festivals.

Ms. Xie is a leader in the interplay between classical and modern music, and founded In6ix, a sextet combining jazz and classical styles. She led her group on tour throughout China in 2019. Recently, she also founded the concert series Live! Again based out of Dallas and Houston. Ms. Xie seeks to bring a unique way to experience new music and modern arts through all of her performances.

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