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The Buckingham, Houston’s premier retirement community, recently welcomed Bryant Li, Nathanial Zhang and Steven Dong, three of the most gifted student pianists in the Houston area, to perform a concert for residents of the senior living community. This special performance is a continuation of a yearly tradition started by Nancy Weems, endowed professor of music at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. According to Weems, the students benefit greatly from the experience and enjoy sharing their gift with others. For the past five years, Weems has been bringing students from across the country to perform for the senior living community’s residents in remembrance of former University of Houston colleague and friend Betty Ruth Tomfohrde, who lived at The Buckingham. Each of the students performing are students of John Weems, and they played a variety of classical pieces from composers such as: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy.

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