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Christopher Parkening MSU master class set July 28-Aug. 1

July 6, 2009

For the 35th year, Christopher Parkening will conduct one of his rare master classes on the campus of Montana State University. The class, set July 28- Aug. 1, will draw students from throughout the world wishing to study with Parkening, who is regarded as one of the world's leading classical guitarists. Photo courtesy of MSU music department.   High-Res Available

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Christopher Parkening, one of the world's leading classical guitarists, will conduct his 35th annual master class at Montana State University July 28-Aug. 1.

The MSU Department of Music will host the master class taught by Parkening, a former student and heir to Andres Segovia's classical legacy. The MSU class is one of the few master classes conducted by Parkening. Registered observers are welcome. Arrangements should be made by calling the Department of Music at 994-1911.

Andrew York, a Grammy winning guitarist, will perform in conjunction with the master classes at 7:30 pm. Thursday, July 30, in Reynolds Recital Hall. York is a classical and jazz guitarist who won Grammys for his work with the Atlanta Symphony and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He is also in the documentary film "Primal Twang" with fellow guitarists Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson and Mason Williams. York's compositions have been recorded by John Williams, Parkening and Scott Tennant. Admission to York's concert is $15 and tickets are available in advance in room 189 of Howard Hall on the MSU campus.

Selected students from the 2009 master class will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Admission is free.

For more information about the Parkening Master Class, contact the MSU Department of Music at 994-1911 or go to

Carole McLean (406) 994-1911,