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Christopher ParkeningThe classical guitarist performs with the Honolulu Symphony; Rossen Milanov conducts
When: 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets: $22 to $73, with discounts for seniors, students and military
Call: 792-2000 or Ticketmaster, (877) 750-4400
Parkening's virtuosity, musicianship and unique sound have captivated audiences around the world. He's 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.
He also was a featured soloist with composer/conductor John Williams on the soundtrack of "Stepmom," which had a nearly two-year run on Billboard's classical crossover chart.
Rodrigo's concerto for guitar and orchestra is likely the best known of all his works. Introduced in 1940, it propelled him into the front ranks of Spanish composers.
The work takes its name from a famous royal residence, a palace on the banks of the Tagus River. It evokes the era of the 16th-century kings Charles X and Philip I and embodies the rhythms and melodic inflections of Spanish folk music.