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SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College professor Dr. John Akers will play guitar and recite Spanish poetry with English translations at programs in Spartanburg and Columbia in January and February.

Akers, associate professor in the Foreign Languages Department and assistant director of Career Services, will perform Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at the Spartanburg County Public Library in the “Music Sandwiched-In” presentation at 12:15 p.m. He also will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in Gambrell Hall at the University of South Carolina’s College of Liberal Arts in Columbia.

The program for both performances will be “Sound and Word: The Guitar in the Hispanic World,” featuring an historic overview of the classical guitar; guitar pieces grouped by form, such as studies, preludes, pavanas and dances; and Spanish language poetry inspired by the guitar, both in their original Spanish and Akers’s English translations. Both events are free and open to the public.

Akers also will play at the Methodist Church of Columbus in Columbus, N.C., on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m.

Akers, who has been at Wofford since 1993, is an honors graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont. He earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures from UCLA. He recently traveled to Switzerland with a group of soloists from the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic in a cultural exchange with the city of Winterthur, where he performed several guitar solos in the historic Stadthaus and recited Carl Sandburg’s “Definitions of the Guitar.”