McCall’s Free Community Recital Series
As the name reflects, this is a series of free monthly concerts held on the Second Sunday of each month at 6PM at the Congregational Church, located at 901 N. 1st St. in McCall Idaho. These performances are funded by the McCall Community Congregational Church (UCC), McCall Music Society, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as donations from private patrons.
January – Del Parkinson
Del Parkinson will perform a program entitled “That’s Amore!” The concert celebrates the universal topic of love. This most fundamental human emotion will be depicted in selections by Liszt, Gershwin, and Bernstein.
The program will blend narration with live performance. After discussing the significance of each piece, Dr. Parkinson will perform these masterworks.
“Love has fascinated, motivated, and dazzled human beings for centuries,” Parkinson said. “These pieces aspire to express the inexpressible!”
Parkinson is professor of piano at Boise State University. He has recorded seven CDs and is recognized on the international roster of Steinway artists.
Del Parkinson is professor of piano as well as keyboard chair at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985. He previously was keyboard chair at BYU–Idaho, where he taught piano. 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. Parkinson has performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. His London debut recital was on the American Bicentennial Series, and his New York debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall was sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He has soloed with the Guadalajara Symphony, Indiana University Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Boise Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony. He is on the international roster of Steinway artists and is featured on four compact disc recordings. He is a recipient of the Idaho Commission on the Arts fellowship award and the Idaho Governor’s Award for excellence in the arts.
February – South Hill Guitars
In addition to his activity as a member of South Hill Guitars, James Reid has had a long and extensive solo career and has released eight solo CDs, the most recent of which was Guitarra Americana. Currently, James Reid, the founder of the Northwest Guitar Festival, directs the guitar program at the University of Idaho.
John Paul Shields has performed in a colorful array of settings, from international festivals in Peru, to Seattle’s esteemed Benaroya Hall, to live on radio and television. A passionate musician dedicated to the lifelong pursuit of learning, John Paul plays multiple genres of music, from solo to ensembles of all types and sizes, including classical, Latin, folk, and rock.
Most recently, John Paul’s career moved him to Peru, where he studied the rich intricacies of Andean folk guitar music. John Paul worked with several renowned musicians in Peru, including Frank Collazos, Luis Salazar Mejía and the legendary Ayacuchan guitarist Raúl García Zárate, who was chosen as one of the one hundred most influential people in Latin American culture.
In addition to his Peruvian guitar music studies and classical guitar repertoire, Mr. Shields teaches guitar at the Holy Names Center and Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA. He also is currently assembling and recording his repertoire for an up-coming solo album.
March – Tomas Rodriguez
Tomas Rodriguez has developed a unique repertoire for guitar performance that is rooted in his ancestry and guided by the diverse styles of music that have inspired him. His programs draw on the folk music of Galicia, Spain, arrangements of the works Venezuelan harp masters Juan Vicente Torrealba and Ignacio Figueredo, interpretations of the compositions of Malian virtuosos Toumani Diabaté, and Ali Farka Touré as well as touching on contemporary flamenco. Rodriguez’ own compositions, emerging from these diverse musical inspirations, include original Brazilian choros, Venezuelan waltzes and flamenco granainas.
“Tomas Rodriguez plays guitar with a passionate originality, with an individual touch, drawing from the musical heart of the Latin world. The folk and classical traditions of Spain and South America are richly evident in Rodriguez’ playing, but he transmutes them into a sound clearly, fervently his own”. Christian Science Monitor
April – Spring Concert –
McCall Concert Singers and the McCall Chamber Orchestra
May – An Evening With Belinda Bowler
Belinda Bowler has been singing as long as she can remember. Her father was a professional singer and from an early age she learned the value of a good story told in song. He bought home her first guitar when she was eight years old and with it she began the musical journey of her life. In her 20s and 30s she played clubs and concerts around the Pacific Northwest and a couple of tours abroad, writing her own tunes as well as interpreting the songs of others. In 2000 she traded life on the road to study education and became a grade school educator. Music was a daily part of her classroom, using music and song to teach curriculum and explore the power of language. She left the general classroom several years ago, but now teaches music in Boise schools, still integrating curriculum and social justice issues through song. Helping her students tell their own stories with words and music creates a positive atmosphere that allows them to experience the satisfaction that comes from this mode of personal expression. In 2016, 20 years since her first CD, she recorded Trumpet Vine, a collection of her favorite songs. It is a beautiful compilation, a labor of love and a healing journey. Belinda tells stories and sings songs that touch the heart of her listeners. Her easy presence, confident guitar playing, and captivating vocal style leave an audience feeling like they have spent an evening with a friend. She is honored to be a part of Second Sunday Sounds at Six in May at The McCall Community Congregational Church.
June – 88Squared – Jeffrey and Karen Savage, Piano Duo
88SQUARED, the duo of married pianists Jeffrey and Karen Savage, won the Ellis Piano Duo Competition, the Abild Prize for American Music, Artists International competition, and second prize and a Special Mention Award at Concours Grieg International Competition in Norway. The duo’s performances and two albums have been broadcast on internationally syndicated programs, National Public Radio stations across the US, and Vietnamese Public Television. 88SQUARED has received critical praise from Singapore’s The Straits Times, American Record Guide, and Fanfare magazine. The duo gave the international premieres of Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos in Singapore, New York City, Washington, and Canada, and was invited by the renowned composer to record his complete two-piano works on Albany Records. 88SQUARED has also presented international premieres of two-piano works by Daniel Ott, Heather Schmidt, and Ryan Hare. Both Jeff and Karen completed masters and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School. They have been featured at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Ho Chi Minh Conservatory (Vietnam), MusiQuest National Piano Festival (India), Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), Chamber Music America Showcase (California), National Federation of Music Clubs National and State Conferences in Orlando, DC, Florida and Iowa, University of British Columbia Recital Series (Vancouver), and Music Teachers National Association national and state conferences and events in New York City, Chicago, Washington State, Oregon, and Alaska. Karen and Jeff both serve on the piano faculty at Washington State University. Their major teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Angela Cheng, Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Rudolf Barta, and Robin and Winifred Wood. Their students are winners of state and regional competitions who enjoy diverse and successful careers in music. Jeff and Karen live in Pullman, WA with their young son.