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  • GUITARIST CHRISTOPHER PARKENING PERFORMS WITH JOHN MAUCERI AND THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
  • Aug. 27, 2002
  • Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00 PM

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    John Mauceri leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with guest soloist Christopher Parkening, who returns to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time in more than ten years on Tuesday, August 27 at 8 p.m. The program opens with two premieres, including the U.S. premiere of Alex North's Cleopatra Symphony and the Los Angeles premiere of Elmer Bernstein's Guitar Concerto, performed in honor of the composer's 80th birthday. The program closes with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, which was written during the summer of 1888, and continues to entice audiences to the exotic fairytale world of The Arabian Nights.

    Tuesdays Are Better at the Bowl take place at the Patio, one hour prior to the Tuesday concerts; free to all ticket holders. The August 27 session features Bristol Farms sushi chefs as they demonstrate how to prepare Japanese cuisine at home. Also, a Kendall-Jackson wine tasting will take place as well as food sampling.

    Grammy-nominated classical guitar virtuoso CHRISTOPHER PARKENING maintains an extensive recital schedule taking him around the country performing with the finest orchestras in the United States. In addition to celebrated performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall's 100th Anniversary, and on Live From Lincoln Center with Plácido Domingo, Parkening has performed as featured soloist with composer/conductor John Williams on the Sony Classical soundtrack of Stepmom, which enjoyed a near two-year run on Billboard's classical crossover chart. Voted "Best Classical Guitarist" in the nationwide readers' poll of Guitar Player Magazine for many consecutive years, Parkening was placed in their Gallery of Greats along with fellow classical guitar great Andrés Segovia. In May of 2002, he was named a distinguished faculty member of Pepperdine University. Parkening last performed at the Bowl in 1991.

    JOHN MAUCERI's accomplishments extend nationally and internationally, not only to the world's greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, before large television and radio audiences, and in recording studios and major publications.
    Mauceri has received substantial recognition for his work as one of the principal forces behind the movement to preserve two of America's great art forms, the American musical and music for the American cinema. He is equally at home conducting artists ranging from Plácido Domingo (during a live broadcast of the Grammy Awards) to Madonna (with whom he recorded the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita), from Garth Brooks (an inaugural inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame) to the Smashing Pumpkins (for the 1996 MTV Music Awards). Carol Burnett, Chicago, John Denver, Rodney Gilfry, Jonathan Pryce, Jane Eaglen, Jennifer Larmore, Patrick Stewart, Tito Puente, Charlotte Church, and Trisha Yearwood are among the multitude of artists who have performed with Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Mauceri's first recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra reached the "Top Ten" in Billboard's crossover chart, and one received Germany's highest award, the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize. To date, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra has made four successful tours to Japan and one to Brazil. Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra have presented an astonishing number of premieres, and under Mauceri's tenure, opera and ballet returned to the Bowl's stage. In addition to his Hollywood Bowl position, Mauceri has served as music director for the Pittsburgh Opera since June 2000. The only American ever to have held the post of music director of an opera house in Great Britain and Italy, he served as music director of the Scottish Opera, and recently completed his three-year tenure as music director (direttore stabile) of the Teatro Reggio in Torino.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    Tuesday, August 27, 8:00 PM

    Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave.)

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA

    JOHN MAUCERI, conductor

    CHRISTOPHER PARKENING, guitar

    North: Cleopatra Symphony (U.S. premiere)

    Bernstein: Guitar Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

    Media Sponsors: KFWB NEWS 980, K-MOZART 105.1 FM

    Tuesdays Are Better at the Bowl take place at the Patio, one hour prior to the Tuesday concerts; free to all ticket holders. The August 27 session features Bristol Farms sushi chefs as they demonstrate how to prepare Japanese cuisine at home. Also, a Kendall-Jackson wine tasting will take place as well as food sampling.

    Tickets ($1 - $76) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at hollywoodbowl.com. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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    Elizabeth Hinckley, (323) 850-2047; Rachelle Roe, (323) 850-2032