Encore! With James Conlon features renowned conductor James Conlon and the six finalists of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the spring of 2005. The series explores the relationship between the concert pianist's internal world and the composer's score. The primary focus is Maestro Conlon's insights into what makes one interpretation so different from another. The programs reveal the different sources of inspiration by contrasting concepts such as tradition or innovation, technique or spirit, Apollo or Dionysus, Plato or Aristotle, "play it" or "be it," and beauty or truth.