Special program at library focuses on history of Spanish guitar

Classical Guitarist James Baird will present a program on the history of Spanish guitar from the Renaissance through the modern era at the Milford Library on Sunday, Oct.18, at 2 p.m. at 57 New Haven Avenue.

Baird will be guiding the audience through the evolution of Spanish guitar music by discussing key composers of the renaissance, classical, baroque and modern day eras. He will also perform notable pieces from each period.

Baird, a graduate of Mannes College of Music in classical guitar performance is the president of the New England Guitar Society (NEGS).

He is known both locally as a guitar teacher for serious students as well as nationally as a performer. No stranger to guitar music with a Spanish theme, Baird previously created a flute/guitar program dedicated to 450 years of classical works including South America and Spain. Most recently, Baird appeared in St. Augustine, Florida, playing at the country’s oldest city’s 450th birthday celebration. He has also appeared twice at St. Augustine’s annual “Noche de Gala” event, performing Spanish music of the 16th century.

Baird has performed extensively in the United States as well as Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.

In his role as president of The New England Guitar Society housed at the Milford Arts Council, Baird produces a classical concert series, bringing world renowned guitarists to the Milford Arts Council. The guitar society also produces two member recitals a year and invites those interested in the guitar to attend their monthly member meetings.

The event is free and is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of Milford Library. For more information on James Baird go to bairdguitar.com. For information on the New England Guitar Society visit newenglandguitar.org.