Classical Guitarist Christopher Parkening Coming to Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Classical guitarist virtuoso Christopher Parkening will be in concert at Cedarville University on Friday, Jan. 30. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center. For more than 25 years, Parkening has been celebrated as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. The legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia has said, "Christopher Parkening is a great artist — he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world." Parkening has captivated audiences around the world and has been a frequent guest soloist with the finest orchestras in the United States. He has played at the White House, appeared with Placido Domingo on "Live From Lincoln Center," participated in Carnegie Hall`s 100th Anniversary celebration, and performed twice on the internationally-televised Grammy® Awards. Parkening was also the featured soloist with composer/conductor John Williams on the Sony Classical soundtrack of the Columbia Pictures movie Stepmom. Parkening has received two Grammy® nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording for "Parkening and the Guitar" and "Pleasures of Their Company," a collaboration with soprano Kathleen Battle. Voted "Best Classical Guitarist" in a nationwide readers` poll of "Guitar Player Magazine" for many years running, he was placed in the magazine`s Gallery of Greats along with Andrés Segovia, John Williams, and Julian Bream. Parkening recently received the University Musical Society`s Distinguished Artist Award for 2003 at the Ford Honors Program. He founded the classical guitar department at Pepperdine University, and he holds the Christopher Parkening Chair in Classical Guitar as distinguished professor of music. More information about Parkening is available at Concert tickets are $10 for the general public and free for Cedarville University students, faculty, and staff. To order, call the Information Center at 937-766-4491 or 1-800-860-7625. -30-