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Artist of the day: Rebecca Penneys



Rebecca Penneys, 66, has played concert piano in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Israel, Canada. At the Eastman School of Music in New York, she has led countless students on to illustrious careers. She holds the coveted title of Steinway Artist, along with names like Billy Joel and Judy Collins.

And like so many others, her journey has led to Florida.

After vacationing in Florida for the past 13 years, Penneys and her husband couldn't stay away. They made the official move to St. Pete Beach last year.

This week, the University of South Florida kicked off the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, a two-week program funded by donors in which 31 advanced students from around the world get lessons without paying tuition. It's a version of the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, where Penneys taught for more than three decades.

For more on Penneys and the festival, click here for Stephanie Hayes' story. Click the headline of this post to watch a video about Penneys.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:01pm]


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