September 17, 2010
Writer: Don Sparhawk

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

The program will feature some of Chopin's best-known works, including "Minute Waltz" and "Heroic Polonaise." In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his birthday, the presentation will incorporate visual images to dramatize the famous Polish composer's life story.

"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 said.

Parkinson was recently named to the international roster of Steinway artists, is the 2009 recipient of BYU-Idaho's Eliza R. Snow Award for performing and visual arts, 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.

The performance will be held in the Barrus Concert Hall in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts.