September 16, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Pianist Del Parkinson will perform his "My Favorite Liszt" program Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho. The concert is free and no tickets are required.


In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, the presentation will incorporate visual images to dramatize the famous Hungarian composer's life story. The program will feature some of his best-known works, including "Liebestraum" and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.


"Liszt is a perennial favorite of audiences around the world, and the selections on this program epitomize the quintessential nature of his astonishing style," Parkinson said. "Franz Liszt was a master showman and one of the greatest piano virtuosos of all time."


Parkinson has been named to the international roster of Steinway artists, is the 2009 recipient of BYU-Idaho's Eliza R. Snow Award, and has seven CDs in release internationally.


He began studying piano at age five in his hometown of Blackfoot. He received a Fulbright-Hays Grant for graduate study in London, and he holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School. He was coordinator of piano instruction at BYU-Idaho, where he taught for eight years. He is now professor of piano at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985.