~ By Cindy Wathen
The Henry Madden Library at Fresno State continues the sixth season of its Noontime Concert Series with a performance by Dr. Corey Whitehead, an associate professor in the Music Department, at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room.
Whitehead (a.k.a. Corey England) is the artistic director and coordinator for the Noontime Concert Series. He will perform from his new album.
Whitehead was chosen by flamenco icon Manolo Sanlúcar to receive a full scholarship to study in Córdoba at “La forma y naturaleza de la guitarra flamenco” and is the only U.S. guitarist to be chosen twice (2009 and 2010).
In 2002, Whitehead received his doctor of musical arts in music performance under the guidance of professor Thomas Patterson and David Russell. Since then he has studied extensively with Cordoba-born flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, legendary Sanlúcar and with such luminaries as Manolo Franco, José Antonio Rodriguez, Juan Carlos Romero and Paco Serrano. Whitehead’s book, “The Flamenco/Classical Guitar Tradition” (Mel Bay 2009) is co-authored with Serrano.
In 2006, after an international search, Whitehead was appointed Serrano’s Fresno State replacement and has received international acclaim for his program direction, which is still widely considered one of the top flamenco guitar programs in the nation. Fresno State is the only institution in the Americas that offers a degree in music performance with an emphasis on flamenco guitar studies.
In 2012, Whitehead was appointed associate professor of music. His current work includes transcription and engraving for “Flamenco: Obra Didactica-Aristica” (a 10-volume book/DVD of 50 flamenco works by luminary artists) by Produciónes Manolo Sanlúcar, the government of Andalucia, Spain and the Flamenco Agency of the government of Andalucia.
In addition to Whitehead’s work in the classical and flamenco genres, he actively collaborates with musicians in pop, jazz and rock.
Seating is limited and parking is restricted. Parking permits can be obtained from a parking kiosk on campus.