Piano Stories with Penny, an online presentation from Canadian pianist, Dr. Penny Johnson, treats audiences to an hour of humorous and poignant stories from the great pianists of the past. Following on the heels of her previous in-person shows, The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More and New Adventures in Piano Listening, the program draws upon unique material from a variety of historic piano texts, memoirs, interviews and articles. Accompanied by pictures, the program offers a friendly and engaging glimpse behind the scenes of such figures as Franz Liszt, Benno Moiseiwitsch, Artur Rubinstein, Constance Keene and even the pet dog of Richard Wagner. This program is suitable for piano-enthusiasts of all ages and is available for booking with public libraries and private studios.
For upcoming presentations of Piano Stories with Penny, please click on the "Schedule" tab to your left. Should you wish to book a private presentation for your students or for a group of piano enthusiasts, then please get in touch with me by clicking on the "Contact Me" tab.
"We are so happy to have connected with Penny Johnson to present her new 'Piano Stories with Penny' program! She has been a pleasure to work with in every way - well-spoken, well-organized, knowledgeable, tech-savvy, and she has a delightful way of engaging with her audience, even in a virtual environment. She is a valuable asset to the local arts community, and we look forward to partnering with her again soon for future programs at Niagara Falls Public Library." - Becky Stark, Niagara Falls Public Library
Select photos from Piano Stories with Penny:
Clara Clemens (1874-1962) daughter of Mark Twain and wife of pianist, Ossip Gabrilowitsch. Author of My Husband Gabrilowitsch (1938).
Constance Keene (1921-2005) American concert pianist/teacher and wife of Abram Chasins.
Arthur Friedheim (1859-1932) Russian concert pianist, student of Franz Liszt.
"Russ" beloved dog of composer, Richard Wagner.
All set up for a Zoom presentation of Piano Stories with Penny for the Aurora Public Library. (January, 2022).