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