FLORENCE – The husband and wife piano duo, nicknamed the “Lenti 20” by the British press, will perform at the 22nd annual Art’s Alive! celebration Saturday, April 24, at Francis Marion University.
Drs. Tony and Marianne Lenti formed their duo in Florence, Italy, for a concert presented for the delegation to the Paris Peace Accords. Their Italian debut was at the request of the Consul General, during the couple’s honeymoon. They had never performed as a duo.
The internationally acclaimed duo performs at one and at two pianos. Tony is the grandson of Vincent Rose, famed Tin Pan Alley composer of more than 200 songs, including “Avalon,” “Whispering,” and “Blueberry Hill.” His mother, Anna Lenti, wrote children’s songs for Columbia Records.
Marianne’s background, she says, was largely shaped by episodes of “I Love Lucy” and “The Three Stooges,” and, eventually, daily piano and dance study. The couple met while attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
The duo, currently in residence at Lander University, are on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.
Art’s Alive! is a day-long festival to celebrate the visual and performing arts and begins at 10 a.m. All events are free.
For more information regarding the day’s events, visit the FMU website at www.fmarion.edu/newseven. For an Art’s Alive! brochure, call the University Relations office at 843-661-1220.