Public invited to international pianists festival

— The 2nd Annual Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival will be held at the University of South Florida’s School of Music this month.

The festival combines concerts with private study for 36 participants from 19 countries. The public can enjoy a variety of student performances, which will be held in Barness Hall, 3755 USF Holly Dr., in Tampa.

Penneys is an American-born pianist of Russian-Jewish descent. She is considered a world-class recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator, and adjudicator. In 1965, she was the youngest contestant to have ever entered the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, and has taught international students at Eastman School of Music for thirty-five years. She was a fixture at the Chautauqua Music Festival in Rochester, N.Y. for thirty-four years. Some of her current and former students are prizewinners in international competitions.

Here’s the schedule of free concerts.


• Friday at 4 p.m., Music for a Summer Afternoon, works by Satie, Granados, Respighi, Liszt, Chopin, De Falla, Enrico Elisi and Rebecca Penneys.

• July 25 at 7 p.m., 2 Piano 8 Hand Extravaganza, with Eunmi Ko, Rebecca Penneys, Omri Shimron, Johnandrew Slominski.


• Monday at 4 p.m., Piano Suites, music by Bach & Beethoven with Johnandrew Slominki.

• Wednesday at 4 p.m., Florida Piano Premiers, music by Josef Suk, John Liberatore, and Gilad Rabinovitch, Eunmi Ko.

• July 28 at 4 p.m., A+ Music by First-Rate B’s, works by Bach & Bartok Omri Shimron.

• July 30 at 4 p.m., Lesser-Known Piano Wonders, music by Czerny, Medtner, Alkan, and Saint-Saens, Howard Na.

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