A tale of two local donations restores a 1973 Limited Edition
Steinway Concert Grand Piano for USF Music Program
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2019) – One donation leads to another. An anonymous donation to the University of South Florida (USF) of a limited edition Steinway & Sons 1973 Indiana Black Walnut Concert Grand Piano in need of refurbishing received the gift of new life thanks to a $35,000 donation from St. Pete-based and International Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys, founder/director of the acclaimed Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival (RPPF) at USF.
On Sunday, Jan. 19th, this rare 1973 Steinway & Sons Indiana Black Walnut Concert Grand, newly refurbished by the Clearwater-based Steinway dealer, The Music Gallery, will be unveiled at a special historic concert hosted by the USF School of Music and featuring Penneys at the USF Concert Hall at 2 p.m. The replacement value of this instrument is $247,000.
The newly acquired unique Steinway instrument matches USF’s commitment to the Steinway brand. In 2011, the USF School of Music became a prestigious All-Steinway School, giving USF faculty and students the opportunity to create music from practice room to stage on exclusively Steinway pianos. The total number is 92 with the new addition of the 1973 Concert Grand. All the Steinways were all acquired through the Music Gallery, the exclusive Steinway & Sons dealer of Tampa Bay.
Historic Steinway Unveiling Concert showcasing the newly restored Steinway & Sons 1973 Indiana Black Walnut Concert Grand and featuring International Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
USF Concert Hall
3755 Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
$10/senior and active military
Includes post-concert stage preview of the restored Steinway and reception in the USF Concert Hall lobby and meet and greet with USF President Currall, USF Vice President for Global Advancement Dr. Cheyenne Currall, School of Music Director Dr. Karen Bryan, USF School of Music faculty and administration, International Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys, and all the technicians involved in the restoration process.
www.ticketmaster.com or call 813.974.2323. Tickets may also be purchased at the USF Box Office in the School of Music Concert Hall (3755 Holly Drive, Tampa, FL 33620) starting Jan. 14th through Jan. 19th.
As Rebecca Penneys puts it, “Steinway is the Rolls Royce of pianos.” An International Steinway Artist for approximately 50 years, Penneys and the USF Music School celebrate Steinway every day. In a combined mission to help promote music and music education in the Tampa Bay area, Penneys and USF also partnered to launch RPPF at USF in 2013, which through the generosity of donors, is a tuition-free gift to aspiring young collegiate pianists worldwide every July.
About Rebecca Penneys & RPPF
A renowned Steinway Artist, Rebecca Penneys is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator, adjudicator, guest artist, keynote speaker and celebrated teacher. For over six decades she has been hailed as a pianist of prodigious talent, performing throughout the USA, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Middle East and Canada. She represented the United States in United States Information Service State Department Cultural tours over a ten-year period. Her current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions and hold important teaching posts on every continent.
In 2013, Penneys launched the non-profit Rebecca Penneys Friends of Piano to support the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and RPPF-Mini. Both events, held at USF, are for collegiate pianists and are tuition free.
Penneys is currently Professor Emerita of Piano at Eastman School of Music, Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg College where she runs the SPC Piano Series and holds a Courtesy-Steinway-Artist-in-Residence position at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her many CD’s and DVD’s are available on Amazon.
Fanfare Magazine (2019) notes, “Penneys playing is nothing short of amazing.” Penneys teachers included Aube Tzerko, Leonard Stein, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and Iannis Xenakis. For more information, visit www.rebeccapenneys.com and www.rebeccapenneyspianofestival.com
About Steinway Pianos
For over 160 years, American owned and New York City based Steinway & Sons has been dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world. Its pioneering handcrafted methods are still employed today to ensure our uncompromising standards of quality, in turn ensuring that the Steinway remains the peerless instrument of uncompromising expression. Every grand and upright piano is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and a consummate work of art, taking a full year to make one concert grand piano, consisting of more than 12,000 individual parts. Each Steinway is as unique as the performer who plays it. For more information, visit www.steinway.com
About The Music Gallery
Based on Clearwater, Florida, The Music Gallery is a third-generation family of piano merchants, with lineages that include technicians, musicians, teachers, directors, vocalists and writers, and authorized dealer for Steinway & Sons Family of Designed Pianos. With a shared passion for music and high-quality instruments, the team is committed to sharing the gift of musical journey with people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, visit www.themusicgalleryclearwater.com