Second Coming of Segovia at Benaroya Hall: Christopher Parkening this Tuesday
GUEST BLOGGER: RIK WRIGHT
It’s been a good year for classical guitar enthusiasts in Seattle. In February renown Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang performed at Benaroya Hall. In March internationally acclaimed Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco stunned an audience in the S. Mark Taper Auditorium. Now this Tuesday, May 6, the same room is hosting the splendid sounds of Christopher Parkening, who many critics think is the second coming of Andres Segovia. Parkening will be performing with lauded classical vocalist Jubilant Sykes.
Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. His rare combination of dramatic virtuosity, eloquent musicianship and unique sound has captivated audiences around the world. A classical guitarist under Angel/EMI Classics recording label, Parkening is the recipient of two Grammy nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording.
Jubilant Sykes, a classically trained baritone, has created a diverse and personal approach to singing by bringing a modern flavor to classical sounds. Much in demand as a soloist with orchestras, he has performed under the direction of such noted conductors as Lorin Maazel, Raymond Leppard, David Zinman, Andrew Litton and Christoph Eschenbach. He has graced stages around the world with some of the world’s finest symphonies and opera companies including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
This show is not to be missed. Get your tickets here.