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Pepperdine Student Guitar Concert Series

The Pepperdine University Guitar Department will present a concert featuring current students studying with Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening.  Held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 14 in Raitt Recital Hall on the Pepperdine Malibu Campus, this concert will feature guitarists Joseph Peliska, Hope Mueller, Jonathan Pryde & Joseph Hertz performing masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning six centuries and including composers from around the world.  All concerts are free and open to the general public.

Parkening Holds Master Class February 4

This Saturday, February 4, Christopher Parkening will present a public Master Class from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Raitt Recital Hall on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, California.

Prof. Parkening will coach his classical guitar students, as well as outside performing players.

Guest Artist Jubilant Sykes will work with vocal students, accompanied by Mr. Parkening’s students.

There is no charge to audit this class, and no reservations are needed.  For more information see the master class web site.

 

Pepperdine Students Featured in Malibu Publications

Undergraduate students  of Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening were featured in three Malibu publications this week with stories about their recent performances in Raitt Recital Hall and at the Malibu Public Library.

Pepperdine Graphic:
http://pepperdine-graphic.com/world-renowned-music-free-admission

Malibu Times
http://onlinedigitaleditions.com/malibutimesweekly
(photo on page 1; story on page 17)

Malibu Surfside News
http://www.malibusurfsidenews.com/school/pepperdine-students-shine-monthly-classical-guitar-recitals

 

Merry Christmas from the Parkenings!

May you and your loved ones have a blessed holiday season!

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’”

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”

Luke 2:8-14

By |December 24th, 2016|Music|1 Comment|

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PeCome and hear a performance of Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening’s classical guitar students tomorrow, November 8, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Raitt Recital Hall on the Pepperdine Malibu campus.

This recital will feature works by Barrios, Rodrigo, Albeniz, Dyans, Granados, and De Falla, among others.

The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Kevin Enstrom Joins Pepperdine Faculty as Adjunct Professor of Guitar

The Pepperdine University Classical Guitar Department is pleased to announce the addition of a new adjunct faculty member: Kevin Enstrom.  Kevin, a former student of Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening, received his B.A. in Applied Music from Pepperdine University and Kevin Enstromrecently graduated from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance.  He is a co-founder of the newly minted Orpheo Guitar Quartet, which has been featured on KUSC, and an equally accomplished solo artist.  At Pepperdine, Kevin will be teaching private guitar lessons and leading the sight-reading studio.

When asked what excited him the most about his new position, Kevin replied, “I am most excited about the opportunity to work alongside the extremely talented and hardworking students in the guitar department, led by Christopher Parkening.  I hope that I can help the students to have an enriching musical experience like I had when I was a student here.”

Kevin will be bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Pepperdine Classical Guitar Department.  We asked Kevin to elaborate on his teaching methods.  Here is what he had to say.  “As an educator, I strive to develop each student’s ability by focusing on three areas: technique, musicality and theory.  I lead my students through practice schedules, technical exercises and performance practices to supply them with the tools necessary to become a concert artist.  Studying music at a university can be a daunting experience, especially when students are expected to perform at a top level musically and academically.  In the end, I hope to help my students create a musical ‘brand’ that they will be proud of.”

We are excited to welcome Kevin to our department and look forward to his many contributions to our program.

Pepperdine Guitar Concert Series

Tparkening-guitar-concert-series_octoberhe Pepperdine University Guitar Department will present a concert featuring current students studying with Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening this Tuesday, October 11 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Raitt Recital Hall on the Pepperdine Malibu Campus.

This recital will feature guitarists performing masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning multiple centuries and include composers from around the world.

All concerts are free and open to the general public.

Parkening Master Class Featured Andrew York

On Saturday, September 24, Distinguished Professor of Music held his semi-annual master class at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  This class featured a guest appearance by Grammy® award winning guitarist, Andrew York coaching Mr. Parkening’s students who performed Mr. York’s compositions.

Mr. York also lectured and took questions from Dr. Lincon Hanks’ composition students.

The next Master Class is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Raitt Recital Hall on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.

Christopher Parkening, Andrew York, and participating students at the September 24, 2016 Master Class

Christopher Parkening, Andrew York, and participating students at the September 24, 2016 Master Class

Student Guitar Recital at Malibu Public Library

The Pepperdine University Guitar Department presents a concert featuring current students studying with world-renowned virtuoso and Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening. This recital will be held this Friday, September 16 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Malibu Public Library, 23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265, and will feature repertoire from the classical guitar literature spanning multiple centuries and include composers such as Villa-Lobos, York, Sor and Tárrega, among others. All concerts are free and open to the general public.

Alexander Parks plays a piece at the Malibu Public Library recital.

Alexander Park plays a piece at the Malibu Public Library recital.

By |September 14th, 2016|Event, Guitar, Music|0 Comments|

Pepperdine Students Perform on Campus

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The Pepperdine University Guitar Department presents a concert featuring current students studying with world-renowned virtuoso and Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening.  Held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month during the school year, and presented in Raitt Recital Hall on the Pepperdine Malibu Campus, these concerts feature guitarists performing masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning six centuries and including composers from around the world.  All concerts are free and open to the general public.