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

Robert Rowat

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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