Pianist Del Parkinson will perform a program called "Preludes and Pictures" Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho. The concert is free and no tickets are required.

The program will juxtapose two monumental 19th-century works by Frederic Chopin and Modeste Mussorgsky.

"The two composers hail from divergent nationalities," Parkinson said. "Their unique backgrounds and differing aesthetics yield a stark contrast between the two major works."

Chopin wrote 24 Preludes, one in each major and minor key.

"This collection presents 24 miniature gems, each exquisitely crafted and profoundly expressive," Parkinson said.

Mussorgsky created "Pictures of an Exhibition" after viewing a retrospective exhibition of drawings and watercolors by his friend Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky transformed several of these artworks into musical imagery that portrays an imaginary tour of an art collection.

Parkinson will share information and insights about the origins of each piece. Works of art will be projected as a representation of the moods depicted in each piece. The program will blend narration, visual images and live performance.

Parkinson has been named to the international roster of Steinway artists, is the 2009 recipient of BYU-Idaho's Eliza R. Snow Award for performing and visual arts, and has seven CDs in release internationally.

He began studying piano at age five in his hometown of Blackfoot. He received a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London, and he holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School. He was coordinator of piano instruction at BYU-Idaho, where he taught for eight years. He is now professor of piano at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985.