The piano has enjoyed immense popularity for three centuries. Its versatility has led to the 88 keys being called “an orchestra contained in a single instrument.” This presentation will focus on the role of the piano in shaping the development of music. Selections for this live performance range in style from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” through Debussy’s “Clair de lune.” Parkinson’s down-to-earth narration gives the background of each piece in order to heighten the listening experience.
Speaker: Del Parkinson is Professor of Piano at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985. Prior to 1985, he taught at BYU-Idaho. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Juilliard School. He was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London, England. He has performed in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Funded project of the Idaho Humanities Council. The Idaho Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.