A Conversation with Christopher Parkening
Guitar Virtuoso to Visit NDSU School of Music
Public invited to visit with Christopher Parkening, classical guitar master
The North Dakota State University School of Music is honored to present â€œA ConversationÂ with Christopher Parkening,â€ Friday, September 13 at 7:30 PM in Beckwith Recital Hall. Admission is free andÂ open to the public.
Mr. Parkening is celebrated as one of the worldâ€™s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For over 40 yearsÂ his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. He has performed throughout theÂ world, including at the White House, with Placido Domingo on Live from Lincoln Center, participated inÂ Carnegie Hallâ€™s 100th Anniversary Celebration and performed twice on the Grammy Awards. PerformanceÂ highlights include appearances with soprano RenÃ©e Fleming at the National Gallery, accompanying the RoyalÂ Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London, and performances with John Williams, Josh Groban,Â and the Boston Pops. He has collaborated regularly with soprano Kathleen Battle and baritone Jubilant Sykes.
Named â€œBest Classical Guitaristâ€ by Guitar Player Magazine, Parkening was placed in their Gallery of GreatsÂ alongside his mentor and friend, the Spanish guitarist AndrÃ©s Segovia.While at the NDSU School of Music, Parkening will present a master class for area guitar students. His eveningpresentation will be a discussion of his life, his experiences, and his thoughts on classical guitar and music.