September 17, 2018
Writer: Don Sparhawk
REXBURG— Pianist Del Parkinson of Boise will perform a program entitled “My Favorite Chopin” Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. Sponsored by the BYU-Idaho Center Stage Performing Arts Series, the concert is free and no tickets are required.
The program will focus on Frédéric Chopin’s life and works, beginning with his formative years in Warsaw, Poland, and ending with his mature years in Paris. The recital will blend narration, visual images and piano performance to explore Chopin’s fascinating journey.
Parkinson will perform some of Chopin’s best-known works, including “Minute Waltz” and “Heroic Polonaise.”
He said, “Chopin is a perennial favorite of audiences around the world, and the selections on this program epitomize the quintessential nature of his memorable melodies.”
Parkinson 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.
Parkinson has been named to the international roster of Steinway artists, has been the recipient of BYU-Idaho’s Eliza R. Snow award for performing and visual arts and has released seven CDs.
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