Free is good. Especially when you can hear some excellent musicians for free, as in a pair of concerts Friday, one in St. Petersburg, the other in Tampa.
Pianist Rebecca Penneys gives a recital that includes Beethoven (Rondo in G major), Chopin (Scherzo in C minor), rags by William Bolcom and William Albright, and jazz by Nikolai Kapustin. Penneys, professor of piano at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music in New York, plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. She holds a master class at 10 a.m. Saturday in the same location.
The Quartet de Minaret, pictured here, are in residence at the University of Tampa, where they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Grand Salon of Plant Hall. The group includes two members of the Florida Orchestra — cellist Lowell Adams and violinist Lei Liu — as well as violist Libor Ondras and pianist Grigorios Zamparas. They'll play piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorak, plus a premiere by Tampa composer Paul Reller.