Del Parkinson to perform concert at BYU-Idaho
REXBURG — For those that have been hoping for some Chopin, you are in luck. On Friday Sept. 28, the pianist Del Parkinson will be performing his annual concert in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Eliza R. Snow Center at 7:30 p.m. The program is entitled “My Favorite Chopin.”
Parkinson has been playing and studying the piano since the age of 5 in his home town of Blackfoot, Idaho. He received a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate school in London. He holds a doctorate in music from Indiana University, and a post graduate diploma from The Juilliard School. He was the coordinator for piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho for 8 years. He is currently a professor at Boise State University, and has been on the faculty there since 1985.
Parkinson has had his name added to the international roster of Steinway artists. He has also been the recipient of the BYU-Idaho’s Eliza R. Snow award for performing and visual arts. Parkinson has released 7 CDs.
The program will be focused on the life creations of Frédéric Chopin, starting with his early years growing up in Warsaw, Poland and ending with his experiences in Paris as an established musician.
The concert will be a mix of narration, pictures from his life, and the masterful piano performance of Parkinson to help narrate the journey of Chopin.
“Chopin is a perennial favorite of audiences around the world,” said Parkinson. “And the selections on this program epitomize the quintessential nature of his memorable melodies.”
Parkinson will be performing some of the best known works of Chopin including the “Minute Waltz” and “Heroic Polonaise.”
The concert is free to the public with no tickets and prior reservations required. The event is sponsored by the BYU-Idaho Center Stage Performing Arts Series.