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Pianists Rebecca Penneys, Claire Huangci to perform in St. Petersburg

There are a pair of appealing piano performances in St. Petersburg this weekend. One features Rebecca Penneys and friends in a two-piano, four-hand extravaganza in which they play lighthearted pieces such as Debussy's Petite Suite, Scott Joplin rags, The Stars and Stripes Forever and Percy Grainger's Country Gardens.

Penneys, a frequent performer in the area, is joined by three of her former students who, along with her, make up the resident piano faculty of the summertime Chautauqua Music Festival in New York. The other pianists are Nicola Melville, John Milbauer and Joel Schoenhals, with a cameo appearance by Steinway dealer Charlie Hunt, a fine player in his own right. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 341-7984; spcollege.edu/spg/music.

Claire Huangci, winner of this year's National Chopin Competition in Miami, gives a recital with a generous helping of Chopin (including the Op. 23 Ballade No. 1 and the Op. 22 Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise) plus works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn (Fantasie) and Ravel (La Valse). Huangci, 20, who studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, has bookings this summer at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival near Chicago and the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island.

Huangci performs at 2 p.m. Sunday to open the summer concert series at the Museum of Fine Arts, 225 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. $10 and $22. (727) 896-2667; fine-arts.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

Pianists Rebecca Penneys, Claire Huangci to perform in St. Petersburg 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 4:27am]

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