REXBURG— Idaho born Del Parkinson will give a piano concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts, and BYU-Idaho students are planning to attend.
Parkinson will perform a program entitled “Shall We Dance?” according to the BYU-I Event Guide. The music represents numerous nationalities and genres ranging from graceful ballroom dance to untamed Gypsy dance and even a spirited cowboy hoedown.
“My grandparents were always huge fans of Del Parkinson,” said Julie Slaugh, a freshman studying music education composite. “They are really into the arts, especially local artists and musicians. I’ve been meaning to go and see a performance by him for a while. I trust my grandparents’ taste in music so I’m confident Del will be good.”
Parkinson was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught for eight years, according to music.boisestate.edu.
“I think that piano music definitely invites the spirit,” said Brandon Jacobson, a freshman studying biology. “The standard of concert at BYU-I is very high, which I appreciate. I have high hopes for the concert.”
Parkinson started studying piano when he was five in his home town of Blackfoot, Idaho, according to music.boisestate.edu. He has received a doctor’s degree of music from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School. Parkinson has performed with the Guadalajara Symphony, the Indiana University Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Utah Symphony and the Boise Philharmonic.