September 1, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Pianist Del Parkinson will perform a program entitled "That's Amore" Friday, Sept. 15, 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.
Parkinson's performance will celebrate the universal topic of love with music by Franz Liszt, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and others.
As is typical of Parkinson's annual performances in Rexburg, the program will blend narration with live performance. He will describe the story behind each piece before playing it.
"Love has fascinated, motivated, and dazzled human beings for centuries and has inspired every art form to attempt to depict this most elusive of human emotions," Parkinson said. "My program 'That's Amore!' will feature music that aspires to express the inexpressible. Music shines its light on the human experience as one international language (music) sheds light on another (love)."
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 seven CDs in release internationally.
He began studying piano at age 5 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.