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Watch pianist Jon Kimura Parker play the theme song from The Simpsons
By
Robert Rowat

Published

June 27, 2017

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When Jon Kimura Parker was in Vancouver back in March, performing Beethoven with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, we asked him to drop by CBC's Studio One to play a "party piece" of his choice.

One of Debussy's Arabesques? Chopin's Minute Waltz? A Rachmaninoff Prelude, maybe?

Nope. Kimura Parker chose Danny Elfman's theme music from The Simpsons, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise, since he's known for playing non-classical encores — one of his favourites used to be Oscar Peterson's "If/Manha de Carnaval" — and his skills as an arranger and improviser are off the chain.

Watch below.

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