15-year-old wows crowd with piano

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Umpqua, Ore. - A young Brazilian girl is making a big name for herself in the music world, and Saturday night she brought her piano talent to Douglas County.

Priscilla Dantas is an amazing 15-year-old girl, who grew up in extreme poverty in Recife, Brazil.

She has achieved notable success as a pianist.

Her father is a guard at a music conservatory, and arranged for his daughter to receive free music lessons. She took her first piano lesson at age nine, and performed as the guest pianist with the Recife Symphonic Orchestra at age 14.

Saturday night she wowed a crowd of about 200 people at the Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards in Umpqua.

"Well my teacher, my piano teacher saw me and he said this girl has talent. But I didn't know that I had talent."

Bob Crites of Eugene saw Priscilla in a recital when he was in Brazil. He arranged for a scholarship through Students Helping Street Kids International. It's partially funded by Eugene and Springfield schools, and she will be attending Churchill High in Eugene as an exchange student. Eventually she 'll go to the University of Oregon, thanks to Dr. Alexandre Dossin, the Assistant Professor of Piano at the university.

"We want to bring her here because she has this amazing talent that you saw this evening, and our intention is for her to enroll in the school of music at the University of Oregon, where Brazilian professor Alexandre Dossin is going to tutor her and mentor her and be her professor."

Crites says he's hoping to provide a well rounded education for Priscilla, not just music.

"The sky's the limit, I mean how far is she going to go. Professor Dossin, he's the expert. Priscilla's dream is to become an international concert pianist. He says she has a chance, and I think that's saying a lot."

Priscilla is doing several recitals at different locations around western Oregon.

She says it's a little chilly here compared to Brazil, but she likes what she's seen.