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Charles Parsons practices the piano in one of the School of Music practice shacks on Wednesday in preparation for the Chautauqua Piano Competition this weekend. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

2012 Chautauqua Piano Competition open to interpretation

Eighty-eight keys. Twenty-two pianists. There can only be one winner.

The annual Chautauqua Piano Competition is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Sherwood-Marsh Studios. It features the entire 2012 School of Music class and acclaimed guest judges. And it grants the winner $7,500, and second place is $3,000.

“You never know how things are going to play out,” said Rebecca Penneys, piano chair, about the annual event.

It is not so much a competition as it is a creative outlet. The competition was created to give the students a space to push each other musically without a master class structure. But that does not change the fact that the young musicians are in it to give it their all.

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