Arts Council Welcomes Concert Pianist March 22
The Steinway Grand piano in the beautiful sanctuary of one of Farmington’s churches will soar to life on the evening of March 22.
Concert pianist Emily Parker will perform the music of Chopin, Haydn, Brahms, and Gershwin, as well as an arrangement of Chinese Folks Songs, beginning at 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church in Farmington, 425 North St. Tickets will go on sale late February at the Mineral Area College Bookstore, $10 for adult tickets and $5 for students.
The March 22 repertoire includes: Haydn Sonata in C Major Hob XVI:50; Brahms Intermezzo in A Major, Op.117; Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F Major; Chinese Folk Songs (arranged); Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.
Mineral Area Council on the Arts Director Roxanne Cummings said she is looking forward to the performance.
"When Emily sits down at that beautiful instrument, she and the piano are transformed. Lovers of great music are in for a treat with this concert," she said.
A new piece of music will premier at the concert. Parker will play a composition by Dustin Dunn, 16- year-old South Iron High School student, who recently won the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project sponsored by the University of Missouri Music Department, for his piece "Appalachian Rhapsody."
An Arcadia Valley native and Northwestern University graduate, Parker began piano lessons when she was 3 years old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, a much-loved, retired band teacher named Jeanette McKinney, of Belleview. McKinney, who taught piano from her home, saw Emily’s keen interest in music, and started her granddaughter on the piano at age 3.
Emily studied with her grandmother until she reached her high school junior year. At that time, Emily continued her piano studies with James Sifferman at Southeast Missouri State University. After graduation from Potosi High school, Emily entered the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned her bachelor’s degree in music education.
Emily pursued graduate studies at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University, earning a master’s in music performance and pedagogy. During her years at Northwestern, Emily studied with several renowned teachers, including Raymond Herbert, Mia Hynes, Marcia Bosits and James Giles. Emily also received many honors and awards for her performances.
While Emily enjoys performing, her true love is teaching. Even while finishing her master's in music, Emily began teaching for the Northwestern Music Academy, the university's community music outreach program. Emily spent the next five years teaching individual and group lessons to students of all ages at the Northwestern Music Academy and Concordia University Chicago's Piano Preparatory Department. She was pleased during these years to have students perform at the National Piano Pedagogy Conference, and to be a frequent adjudicator for area festivals and competitions. Emily’s ideas for group piano activities were honored by publication in the journal Keyboard Companion.
Following the birth of her first child, Emily and her family returned to the Arcadia Valley. She is working toward opening her own piano studio and increasing the love of the arts in the Mineral Area.
Mineral Area Council on the Arts Director
|Date & Location
Location: Memorial United Methodist Church in Farmington