Guest Artists Concert

Event date: March 2, 2018, 7:00 PM

Our guest artists concert with world-renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes will soon be here. The concert will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7 PM, and doors open at 6:15 PM. See below for a full biography of both artists.

General admission tickets are $27.00, and student tickets are $15.00 (must show valid student ID or license at the door if applicable). All ticket purchases will have an additional $1.50 processing fee. All tickets must be purchased online by clicking the button below.

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Christopher Parkening

Christopher Parkening is one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For over 40 years his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim, and he is recognized as heir to the legacy of the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. The Washington Post proclaimed him as “the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument.”
Parkening’s performances, recordings and collaborations have included many of the world’s greatest artists, orchestras, and composers of our time, and his recordings have received two Grammy® nominations in the category of Best Classical Recording. In July, 2012 Parkening was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America’s “Hall of Fame” and given their “Artistic Achievement Award,” presented to “performers who have made monumental contributions to the development of the art and life of the classical guitar.”
Currently, Parkening is Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair of the Guitar Department at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where the world’s preeminent guitar competition, The Parkening International (named in his honor) takes place every three years.
He is also a world class fly-fishing and casting champion who has won the International Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament (the Wimbledon of fly-fishing) held in Islamorada, Florida.
But at the heart of Parkening’s dedication to performance, recording, and teaching is a deep commitment to the Christian faith. He comments, “Through the years I have tried to play my guitar for the purpose defined by J.S. Bach, who said, Soli Deo Gloria—to God alone the glory.”
Christopher Parkening, his wife, Theresa, and their son, Luke, reside in Malibu. For more information, visit

Jubilant Sykes

Perhaps no vocalist of our time possesses a more exquisitely versatile instrument than the American baritone Jubilant Sykes.  Mr. Sykes brings a new dimension to the traditional career of the classically trained vocalist by drawing on gospel and jazz influences to deliver performances in differing musical genre that often leaves audiences and critics searching for new superlatives.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was inspired to proclaim, “Jubilant Sykes’ voice is extraordinary.  He isn’t merely an outstanding singer, his voice is art at its highest expression.”
Mr. Sykes was honored by the recording industry with a Grammy® nomination for “Best Classical Recording of 2009.” That same recording, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine. Mr. Sykes also has performed with a number of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies.  He has worked with such conductors as Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Andrew Litton, Marin Alsop, David Zinman, John Nelson, John Williams, Keith Lockhart and the late Marvin Hamlisch.  He has been the featured soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra as well as the orchestras of  Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and, in August of 2012, the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.
His unique gifts have taken him from such diverse stages as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and London’s Barbican Centre to the Apollo Theater, Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans Jazz Festival and hundreds of other venues around the world.  His versatility has allowed him to collaborate with a number of leading artists from different musical styles such as the renowned soprano Reneé Fleming in the Mozart Requiem, touring and singing with Julie Andrews, a Boston Pops televised special and tour, appearing as featured soloist on the televised tribute to Brian Wilson from Radio City Music Hall, and with Josh Groban and subsequently Carlos Santana at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland and Spirituals with the London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton, conducting, was released in 2010 on Arioso Classics.  This followed the release of Jubilation for EMI that combined Mr. Sykes with the legendary American classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening.  This pairing has drawn such critical acclaim as “. . . the kind of concert a writer holds a few choice adjectives in special reserve for . . . two astonishing musicians.” Mr. Sykes also has released two recordings for Sony BMG Masterworks.  The first, Jubilant, brought the singer together with jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.  His crossover recording, Wait for Me, features classic songs by a number of popular composer/entertainers.
Jubilant Sykes recently made his acting debut in a film with Cuba Gooding, Jr., “Freedom,” and performed the lead role in a new play “Breath and Imagination” presented by Hartford Stage.
Jubilant Sykes resides in Southern California with his wife, Cecelia and their three sons: Madison, Morgan and Micah.