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Del Parkinson inspires with piano

 Courtesy Photo | Del Parkinson’s performance in Boise will be from 6-8p.m. The Celebration will include photos of his world tours.
Courtesy Photo | Del Parkinson’s performance in Boise will be from 6-8p.m. The Celebration will include photos of his world tours.

Del Parkinson took audience members through a musical journey by playing the piano and showing pictures of artists at the Ruth Barrus Concert Hall Thursday, Oct. 2.

According to the event program, Del Parkinson used to be the piano coordinator instructor at BYU-Idaho for eight years.

He joined the faculty at Boise State University in 1985 and is now professor of piano.

He is also on the international roster of Steinway artists.

According to the event program, Parkinson is featured on four CD recordings: “The American Piano Quartet,” “The American Piano Duo’s Mendelssohn Two-Piano Concerto,” “Rachmaninoff Duo Piano Works” and “Celebrating Gershwin.”

Parkinson shared music from Frédéric Chopin in 24 different music pieces, and each one had its own style, according to the event program.

There were slow-and-fast paced sounds and styles of music including agitato, lento, vivace, allegro molto, moderato and many other types of tempo in music.

According to the program, Parkinson had music pieces from Modest Mussorgsky.

According to the event program, the 10 pieces featured from Mussorgsky were casual and laid back.

Matthew Christensen, a sophomore studying musical arts, said he liked Parkinson’s piano performance of Chopin’s music.

“I think it’s the best performance of Chopin preludes and pictures that I have ever heard,” Christensen said.

Christensen said he admires Parkinson’s musical skill.

“It was a well-packed, full experience for me, especially as a music composition student,” Christensen said.

Christensen said he was glad to hear great composition performed so well.   

Parkinson said he puts a lot of thought into what music pieces he performs.

He said that when selecting music and images for his concerts, he makes sure he has a passion for the song or picture.

“It takes so many hours to get a piece ready,” Parkinson said.

“I have learned that if I don’t choose pieces that I absolutely love every second, then it doesn’t turn out well.”

He said he feels connected to Chopin through music.

“I feel closer to him than any other composer,” Parkinson said.

He said he does not draw closer to Chopin by reading his biography but by playing his music for hours at a time.

“I have learned and memorized many pieces and his music speaks to me,” Parkinson said.

He said he has learned and memorized a lot of Chopin’s music.

According to the event program, Parkinson will celebrate his 30 years of community engagement in Idaho on Wednesday at the Barber Park in Boise.

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