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PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
FINE ARTS DIVISION

presents a

GUITAR MASTER CLASS WITH
CHRISTOPHER PARKENING

Saturday, February 21, 2009, 2-6 p.m.
Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

 

The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division will present a classical guitar master class with internationally renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening on Saturday, February 21, from 2-6 p.m. in Pepperdine's Raitt Recital Hall, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Auditors' tickets, priced at $25 for the public, $10 for Pepperdine students, and $12.50 for Pepperdine faculty/staff, will be sold at the door. For more information about tickets, call the Pepperdine Fine Arts Division office at (310) 506-4462.

 

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER PARKENING

 

Christopher Parkening is a distinguished professor of music at Pepperdine's Seaver College Fine Arts Division, where he holds the Christopher Parkening Chair in Classical Guitar.

 

He is celebrated as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For more than a quarter century, his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post cited "his stature as the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument."

 

Parkening is recognized as the heir to the legacy of the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia, who proclaimed that "Christopher Parkening is a great artist--he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world."

His rare combination of dramatic virtuosity and eloquent musicianship has captivated audiences around the world from New York to Tokyo. He has played at the White House, appeared with Placido Domingo on Live from Lincoln Center, participated in the Carnegie Hall 100th anniversary celebration, and performed twice on the internationally televised Grammy Awards.

 

He has appeared on many nationally broadcast television programs, including The Tonight Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, and 20/20. Parkening also was featured soloist with composer/conductor John Williams on the Sony Classical soundtrack of Stepmom, a Columbia Pictures film. Voted "Best Classical Guitarist" in a nationwide readers' poll of Guitar Player Magazine for many years running, he was placed in its "Gallery of Greats" along with Segovia, John Williams, and Julian Bream.

Parkening has been a frequent guest soloist with the finest orchestras in the United States, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota orchestras, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras, the Detroit, Houston, and St. Louis symphonies, the St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.

 

His extensive recital schedule takes him throughout the country, with regular appearances in New York; Boston; Chicago; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; Houston; and Los Angeles. Following one of his performances, the Los Angeles Times noted, "Parkening is considered America's reigning classical guitarist, carrying the torch of his mentor, the late Andres Segovia."

 

In 1999 Parkening performed the world premiere of Elmer Bernstein's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Honolulu Symphony as part of its 100th anniversary season. He has recorded this concerto, along with The Alhambra: La Vega by Isaac Albeniz, with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Elmer Bernstein. This recording was released in 2000 on Angel/EMI Classics, where Parkening has amassed an extensive discography.

 

Parkening is the recipient of two Grammy nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording for Parkening and the Guitar and The Pleasures of Their Company, the latter a collaboration with soprano Kathleen Battle. In 1996 Parkening and Battle recorded a Christmas album, Angels' Glory, which was released on the Sony Classical label. Additional recordings of note include Parkening Plays Vivaldi, which features a selection of Baroque concertos coupled with the world premiere recording of Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the critically acclaimed orchestral recording of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un gentilhombre with the world premiere recording of William Walton's Five Bagatelles for Guitar and Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

In honor of Parkening's 25th year as a recording artist with Angel/EMI, a two-CD collection of favorites, The Great Recordings, was issued in celebration of his prolific artistry. In the fall of 1998, a multi-media CD, entitled Christopher Parkening Celebrates Segovia, was released as a tribute to the great guitarist.

 

Parkening's commitment to music extends beyond his demanding performance schedule. He is a distinguished faculty member at Pepperdine, where he began teaching in fall 2002. He also teaches a summer master class at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

 

He has authored The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Volume 1, a basic pedagogy book, and Volume 2, for advanced players. These editions, along with his collection of guitar transcriptions and arrangements, are published by Hal Leonard Corporation.

 

The guitarist has received commendations honoring his dedication and artistry, including an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Montana State University, and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Southern California "in recognition of his outstanding international achievement and in tribute to his stature throughout the world as America's preeminent virtuoso of the classical guitar."

 

In addition, Parkening was given the acclaimed American Academy of Achievement Award for his excellence in the field of music both nationally and internationally and was presented with the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Classical Guitarist.

 

THE PARKENING INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION

 

The second triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition will be presented by Pepperdine University from Thursday, May 28, to Saturday, May 30, 2009. Applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 1979.

In addition to the Parkening International Guitar Competition, the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition will be held at Pepperdine on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27, 2009. This two-day event will help to identify outstanding young guitarists and encourage them to continue their performance careers and studies. Applicants to the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition must have been born on or after May 28, 1991; however, young guitarists may elect to enter the Parkening International Guitar Competition at their discretion.

 

All applications for the Parkening International Guitar Competition must be received at the Pepperdine University Center for the Arts in Malibu by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009.

 

Applications, more information about competition requirements and judging, and the competition schedule are available at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/parkening/.

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