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Classical guitarist Christopher Parkening celebrates Segovia in Jan. 27 Hancher concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Christopher Parkening, America's pre-eminent classical guitar virtuoso, will pay tribute to his mentor with "A Celebration of Andres Segovia" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The concert will open with a short film about Segovia's life and Parkening's years of study with him. Included are footage of Segovia in performance and photos from Parkening's personal collection, with narration by Parkening.

Parkening will then perform some of the music that made Segovia famous, using the guitar played by the master in the Teatro Real de Madrid, on the occasion that he was awarded the prestigious Medalla al Merito del Trabaja. The guitar was loaned to Parkening by the family of the renowned Spanish guitar-maker Jose Ramirez, who built the instrument for Segovia.

Included on the program will be compositions by J.S. Bach, John Dowland, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Isaac Albeniz. Several of the works were transcribed for the classical guitar by Segovia, whose adaptations of music originally composed for other instruments greatly expanded the repertoire for the solo guitar.

Parkening will invite interested audience members to remain in the hall after the concert for a question-and-answer session about Segovia's legacy. The entire program was organized in conjunction with the 1998 enhanced CD "Christopher Parkening Celebrates Segovia" on the Angel label.

The public is also invited to Parkening's free guitar master class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Iowa City Unitarian-Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert St.

Segovia, the father of the modern classical guitar tradition, described Parkening as "a great artist" and "one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world." The Chicago Tribune commented, "The shadow cast by Andres Segovia is long, but the mantle of the Spanish master has always rested easily upon the shoulders -- or fingers -- of classical guitarist Christopher Parkening."

Parkening has performed 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 Grammy Awards telecasts. Voted "Best Classical Guitarist" in a nationwide readers' poll of Guitar Player Magazine for many years running, he was placed in their "Gallery of Greats" along with Segovia, John Williams and Julian Bream.

The Guitar Foundation is the corporate sponsor of the Parkening concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $30, $28 and $25. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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