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Rebecca Penneys Schedules Performance At TWU

9/24/04


DENTON — Internationally acclaimed pianist Rebecca Penneys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on the Denton campus of Texas Woman’s University. Admission is free.

An innovative educator, Penneys also will teach a master class from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Margo Jones Performance Hall. For more information, call (940) 898-2500.

Her concert visit will be a reunion of sorts for Dr. Richard Shuster, assistant professor of piano at TWU, who was Penneys’ student at the Eastman School of Music.

“She’s a unique teacher because of her physical approach to playing piano, using her body to express emotion at the piano and producing beautiful sound,” he said. “She opened a new world for me and inspired me to become a professional pianist.”

Penneys has received widespread recognition in academic and medical circles for her ability to teach a “Motion and Emotion” keyboard technique that allows pianists to achieve individual performance goals without physical strain or injury.

Penneys made her recital debut at age 9 and performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 11. At 17, she was awarded the Special Critics’ Prize for her performances at the Seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. She went on to win the Most Outstanding Musician prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition in Portugal, and was top prizewinner in the Second Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Spain.

Penneys is a founding member of the acclaimed New Arts Trio, which twice has won the prestigious Naumburg Award for Chamber Music. She has been professor of piano at Eastman since 1980, and chairs the piano department at the Chautauqua Institution.

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For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu