Pennington, Mathews to Perform "Brasileirinho" Sept. 23

Event Details

Date: September 22, 2011

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: $5 for the general public | Free for Augustana students and faculty, and students K-12 with a valid ID |

Dr. John Pennington, professor of music at Augustana, will present his Faculty Recital with Allen Mathews, classical guitar instructor at Reed College, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, in Kresge Recital Hall. The recital will feature selections from their latest album, "Brasileirinho," a collection of South American music for guitar and percussion released last fall.

Dr. John Pennington is professor of music, percussion instructor, music theory instructor, director of the percussion ensemble, and the 2009 recipient of the Carole Bland Cultivating Faculty Excellence Endowment. Previously, he was a professor of music at Fort Lewis College, where he won the Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award in 2005. He holds a bachelor of music from the University of Arizona, a master of music from the University of Michigan, and a doctor of musical arts from Arizona State University.

Pennington has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels, including the Grammy-nominated album "Amanecer" by Peter Rubalcava on which he was a marimba soloist. He is a published composer and the co-author of the book Liturgical Ensemble Basics while also performing regularly throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Allen Mathews is a classical guitarist living in Portland, Oregon. In addition to teaching classical guitar at Reed College, Allen also teaches guitar at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, and maintains a private teaching studio. Formerly, he headed the classical guitar department at Lewis and Clark College for three years. Specializing in South American guitar music, Allen lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he performed and studied with many celebrated teachers, including Fabio Nin and Maria Lucia. While earning a bachelor of arts in classical guitar performance in Colorado, he also extensively studied ethnic and orchestral percussion. Mathews was also hosted as a guest of the Central Oregon Symphony, performing on their chamber series.

Watch a short video of Dr. John Pennington and Allen Mathews at Eliot Center in Portland, Oregon (Sept. 25, 2010), performing selections from their latest album, "Brasileirinho," a collection of South American music for guitar and percussion released last fall.


Kresge Recital Hall is located in the Humanities Building on the corner of 30th St. and South Grange Ave. on the campus of Augustana College.