Jubilant Sykes, vocalist
John Beasley Trio
Christopher Parkening, guitar
This concert reunites the popular duo of Jubliant Sykes with world renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening, who will join the John Beasely Trio for a very special Christmas musical presentation of classic favorites, jazzy cool standards and the very best Christmas musical treats.
Grammy nominated baritone Jubilant 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. His unique gifts have taken him from such diverse stages as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Opera 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.
Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. Parkening’s performances, recordings, and collaborations, which have included artsts such as Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, Josh Groban, Jubilant Sykes, and composers/conductors JohnWilliams and Elmer Bernstein, have received the highest worldwide acclaim. A frequent soloist with leading orchestras, Parkening has performed at the White House and appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and The Grammy® Awards. Parkening has recorded extensively for Angel/EMI Classics, and has received two Grammy® nominations. His autobiography, Grace Like a River (Tyndale House) received wide acclaim. Currently, Parkening is Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair of the Guitar Department at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
John Beasley Trio with Benjamin Shepherd (bass) and Gary Novak (drums)
TRADITIONAL What Child is This? (Greensleeves)
PRAETORIUS Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming
TRADITIONAL The First Noel
TRADITIONAL Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
HENRIQUE Boi Bumba
TRADITIONAL He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands