About Christopher Weaver

Chris Weaver is a former staff technical editor with California Institute of Technology at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California for 18 years until November 2011. He has over 30 years of editing, documentation, photography, and graphic design skills. Semi-retired, Chris currently designs websites part-time, and enjoys blogging and photography from his home office.

Live Performance at Anaheim Stadium

Christopher Parkening is pleased to release this 1997 performance of “Koyunbaba” (The Shepherd) by Carlo Domeniconi at the Harvest Crusade, Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California.

Westlake Malibu Lifestyle magazine cover story

Westlake Malibu Lifestyle magazine, Jan-Feb, 2014

Westlake Malibu Lifestyle magazine, Jan-Feb, 2014

The Parkening family was featured in a cover story by Westlake Malibu Lifestyle magazine in its 2014 January-February issue. The 14-page article was written by Diana Addison Lyle with new photographs by Curtis Dahl.

Parkening International Guitar Competition 2015

Parkening International Guitar Competition 2015

The Parkening International Guitar Competition for 2015 is scheduled for May 26-30, 2015. Eligible classical guitarists ages 18-30 (born on or after May 26, 1985) may participate and compete for the $65,000 prize. For more information, visit Pepperdine University’s Parkening International Guitar Competition website.

Parkening Announces Retirement from Concert Stage

CHARLESTON. The renowned American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Hall of Fame; and given their “Artistic Achievement Award.” This prestigious award is given to performers who have made monumental contributions to the development of the art and life of the classical guitar.

Mr Parkening also used this occasion to make this notable announcement: “As I am gathered with you to celebrate the classical guitar, I have chosen this time and place to share with you what for me is a rather difficult announcement. After nearly five decades as a concert guitarist, the time has come for me to step away from the concert stage.

“Some of you know that for these past few years I have had some physical issues resulting in numerous back surgeries. At this point in my life, I would like to focus more on my family and on my commitment to teaching my students at Pepperdine University and in master classes throughout the country, sharing my insights and experiences—both musical and personal—as I mentor young artists.

“I am grateful to all of those who have had important roles in my life and career. Through the years I have tried to play my guitar for the purpose as defined by J. S. Bach who said, ‘Soli Deo Gloria,’ ‘To God alone the glory.’”