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    Guitar Chamber Concert Performance, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. the guitar students of Christopher Parkening will present a Guitar Chamber Concert featuring the music of composers Schubert, Bellinati, York, Piazzolla, and others. One highlight of this recital will be graduating seniors Sergio Gallardo and Cody Noriega performing the energetic “La Vida Breve” by Manuel de Falla.
     
    Held at the Raitt Recital Hall on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, California, this concert is free and open to the 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.

     

    Tired of Election News?

    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.

    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.

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    Summer Repertoire

    If you are a student guitarist, don’t lose your “chops” over the summer.  Learn new material and brush up on pieces in your repertoire to be ready to begin your fall semester of study.

    To see what Christopher Parkening suggests as a basic classical guitar repertoire, see his list on the Pepperdine Guitar Program web site, here.

    And if you are interested in undergraduate study with Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University, see our guitar major introductory page which includes samples of his students’ performances.

     

    Parkening Students Perform in Chamber Music Concert

    Guitar Chamber Music ConcertOn Tuesday, April 19, 2016, students taught by Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening will present the bi-annual Guitar Chamber Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

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

    This concert is free and open to the general public.

    Parkening on Live Radio Interview

    Christopher Parkening will be interviewed on radio station KZSU for the program, “The Musical Treasury” this Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. PDT.

    Listen online from http://kzsu.stanford.edu/live

    “An In-Depth Look at Christopher Parkening’s Indelible Legacy”

    We recently came across an article written by Mark Small and published around the time of the Parkening International Guitar Competition.  It might be an interesting read to some.  You may find the article here.

     

    New Semester Begins at Pepperdine University

    Classes begin on Monday, August 31, and Christopher Parkening will begin teaching his guitar students.  As scheduled each semester, there will be several opportunities to hear these talented young guitarists in public performances.

    The first scheduled performance will be on Tuesday, September 8, 5:00 p.m. at the Payson Library on the Pepperdine campus.  This one-hour recital features 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.