Daniel Stern, who has been part of the Boise classical music scene for nearly 45 years, announced he will retire after the 2018-19 season of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Boise Public Radio’s James Dawson recently spoke with Stern about his life and how he became interested in classical music.
The Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Stern, Music Director, welcomes noted pianist Del Parkinson for its pre-Valentine’s Day concerts. The concerts take place Friday evening, February 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, February 11 at 2 p.m. Both performances will be held at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 11th and Hays Streets in Boise.
The concert will include performance of Serenade in D-minor for Winds by Antonín Dvořák; Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner and Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tickets for both performances are available at boisebaroque.org or at the door.
Del Parkinson was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London. He has performed in Europe, Asia, 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 performed frequently with Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, as well concerts with the Guadalajara Symphony, the Indiana University Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Boise Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony.
Dr. Parkinson holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School. Since 1985, he has been professor of piano and keyboard chair at Boise State University. Previously, he was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught for eight years.
A recipient of the Boise State University foundation scholar award for creative activity, Dr. Parkinson has also received the Boise mayor’s award for artistic excellence, the Morrison Center honor medallion, the Idaho Commission on the Arts career fellowship award, and the Idaho governor’s award for excellence in the arts.
This concert is sponsored by Dunkley Music. “The richest child is poor without music.”
Dr. Daniel Stern, Music Director, Conductor and until recently General Manager of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. Stern has led the orchestra since the 2005-06 season, all but two years of its existence.
Stern stated that by making this announcement now, a smooth transition will be assured, maintaining the orchestra’s phenomenal growth into the future.
After several years of teaching, Dr. Stern came to Boise in 1974 as Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic, a post he held until 1987. He is widely credited with initiating many of the steps which have led to the Philharmonic’s development into the one of the foremost orchestras in the region.
Stern has also served on the faculties of Boise State University and the College of Idaho, conducted numerous performances with Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho and guest conducted orchestras in the Northwest, Central America and New York.
In 2014, Dr. Stern was awarded the Governor’s Award in the Arts for lifetime achievement for his many contributions during his 40 years in Idaho. In 2015, he was honored in Rochester on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the Eastman School of Music.
Boise Baroque is currently in its 15th season, having presented professional Baroque and Classical music for the Treasure Valley since 2003. The orchestra performs ten concerts a year in the intimate setting of the Cathedral of the Rockies.
The next concert features Mozart’s memorable Piano Concerto 22 with noted Boise pianist Del Parkinson as featured soloist on February 9 and 11, 2018.