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Christopher Parkening Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Russ DeAngelo presents Lifetime Achievement
Award to Christopher Parkening

At this year’s La Guitarra California Festival held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on September 22-24, Christopher Parkening was presented their Lifetime Achievement Award “presented biennially to an acclaimed musician whose accomplishments have greatly increased the world-wide appreciation of classical guitar.”

Festival Director Russ DeAngelo presented the award on Friday night, followed by a brief concert by Mr. Parkening with baritone Jubilant Sykes.  Mr. DeAngelo commented, “We are supremely honored to etch the name of Maestro Christopher Parkening into the La Guitarra Lifetime Achievement Award in perpetuity.”

La Guitarra California’s Lifetime Achievement
Award sculpture

On Saturday morning of the Festival, Mr. Parkening gave an informative master class to an appreciative sold-out audience.  Four classical guitar students played their pieces, and were given practical ideas on how to improve their technique.

Blair Jackson, editor of Classical Guitar Magazine, who attended the weekend’s events, published a review of the festival online.  His article may be found here.

La Guitarra California Dedicates Festival to Christopher Parkening


Guitarist Christopher Parkening
and baritone Jubilant Sykes

This weekend, September 22-24, 2017, La Guitarra California Festival will be held on the Cal. Poly San Luis Obispo campus.  As part of Friday night’s festivities, Christopher Parkening will receive the La Guitarra Lifetime Achievement Award “presented biennially to an acclaimed musician whose accomplishments have greatly increased the world-wide appreciation of classical guitar.”

Following this presentation ceremony, Mr. Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes will perform a brief concert in the Cohan Center at Cal. Poly SLO.

Saturday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Christopher Parkening will lead a master class featuring several local guitarists.  The class will be held at Philips Hall,.

Tickets for these events, and others at the Festival, are available through the La Guitarra California Festival site at http://www.laguitarracalifornia.com.

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.


Parkening Performance in New York

Christopher Parkening will perform with baritone Jubilant Sykes this Saturday, September 10 at Hamilton College near Syracuse, New York. For more details, see http://www.hamilton.edu/performingarts/performing-arts

Parkening Master Class to be Held at Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University presents a master class with guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening once each semester in the Raitt Recital Hall on the Malibu Campus at 24255 Pacific Coast HighwParkening Class Flyer Sept 2015.indday, Malibu, CA 90263.

Join us on Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 for the Spring, 2016 semester’s class, featuring guitarists performing masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning multiple centuries and include composers from around the world.

This class will include a coaching session with baritone Jubilant Sykes, working with vocal students accompanied by Prof. Parkening’s guitar students.

This master class is free and open to the general public.


Parkening to Perform in Dallas, Texas

Just a reminder to our friends in the Dallas, Texas area–Christopher Parkening will perform with baritone Jubilant Sykes at the Meyerson Symphony Center tomorrow, Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Meyerson Symphony Center site.

Parkening to Perform Benefit Concerts in Phoenix Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2015

Contact: Diane Schwan 602.361.6929 dschwan531@gmail.com
Harvest Compassion Center info@harvestcompassioncenter.org

Fairmont Princes Resort hosts afternoon Christmas concert to benefit The Harvest Compassion Center

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Harvest Compassion Center, a food and clothing pantry local to Phoenix, presents a benefit concert with world-renowned talent and classic Christmas favorites on Saturday, December 19th at the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale. Doors open at 1:00 pm.

A limited number of tickets are on sale now at $25/$50 with VIP tickets for $100 at www.princess-christmas-concert.eventbrite.com . VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the artists in a private reception following the event.

All tickets include free parking as well as a 50% discount off ice skating and pictures with Santa at the Princess Resort on the day of the concert until 6:00pm.

This concert reunites the popular duo of Jubilant Sykes with world-renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening, who will join the John Beasley Trio for a very special Christmas musical presentation of classic favorites, jazzy cool standards and the very best Christmas musical treats.

Jubilant Sykes is a Grammy-nominated baritone and classically trained vocalist who draws on gospel and jazz influences in his performances. His unique gifts have taken him from such diverse stages as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre to the Apollo Theater, Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans Jazz Festival and hundreds of other venues around the world. He toured and sang with Julie Andrews, appeared as a featured soloist on the televised tribute to Brian Wilson and with Josh Groban and subsequently Carlos Santana at the Hollywood Bowl.

Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. Parkening’s performances, recordings and collaborations, which have included artists such as Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, Josh Groban and composer/conductors John Williams and Elmer Bernstein, have received the highest worldwide acclaim. A frequent soloist with leading orchestras, Parkening has performed at the White House and appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and the Grammy® Awards. Parkening has recorded extensively for Angel/EMI Classics, and has received two Grammy® nominations.

An original artist with a highly expressive and personal style, Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades. Beasley’s credits reads like a “who’s who” list in the music and entertainment world performing, recording, and touring with major jazz, pop, and world artists; composing for hit-TV series; arranging for orchestras; working on award-winning films; and at the helm of reality singing shows as Music Director. He is a Governor at the GRAMMY Recording Academy and a Guest Lecturer at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.

Jubilant Sykes, Christopher Parkening and John Beasley may be all available for interviews. Please contact their promoter, Mr. Dave Thomas at 479.973.4500, dave@thomas-york.comif you are interested in scheduling an interview.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Harvest Compassion Center to provide food and clothing for Phoenix residents.  The event is open to all ages. For more information, please go to: www.princess-christmas-concert.eventbrite.com  as well as flyer information attached.



Parkening in Rare Concert Appearance

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Although Christopher Parkening has retired from the concert stage, on very rare occasions he will step out of retirement to perform for special events. One such event will take place on Thursday, December 10 at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas with his friend, baritone Jubilant Sykes.

For more details, visit the Meyerson Symphony Center web site.