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Parkinson’s ‘My Favorite Liszt’ Leads Off Faculty Artist Series Sept. 9 and 11

By: Sherry Squires   Published 3:48 pm / August 25, 2011

Boise State piano professor Del Parkinson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in the recital hall of the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is $5 general, $3 seniors and free for students of all ages and Boise State faculty and staff.

The recital is the first of the season for Boise State’s Faculty Artist Series. Concerts continue throughout the academic year. The fall lineup includes: Nicole Molumby, flute, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16; Jeanne Belfy, oboe, and Janelle Oberbillig, bassoon, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23; Lynn Berg, baritone, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24; Craig Purdy, violin, and Peggy Purdy, piano, 4 p.m. on Sept. 25; and Brian Hodges, cello, and Betsi Hodges, piano, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Parkinson’s program, called “My Favorite Liszt,” will feature some of the Hungarian composer’s best-known works, including Mephisto Waltz and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Franz Liszt was a master showman and one of the greatest piano virtuosos of all time. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his birth, the presentation will incorporate visual images to dramatize his life story. The accompanying narration will traverse his fascinating formative years, a formidable performing career, an astonishing shift to composition, and a startling religious devotion in his reflective years.

“Liszt is a perennial favorite of audiences around the world, and the selections on this program epitomize the quintessential nature of his astonishing style,” said Parkinson, who has recorded seven CDs and recently was named to the international roster of Steinway artists.

The performance schedule is subject to change. For more information about Boise State’s Music Department and a full calendar of performances, visit www.boisestate.edu/music.