John Akers

John Akers 

Event Details

Title: Carl Sandburg and the Spanish Guitar, Troubadour Series Concert
Date: March 7
Time: 7:00 PM
Description: This is a celebration of writer Carl Sandburg’s lifelong love of the Spanish classical guitar. Come hear the music Sandburg loved, his writings that were inspired by his love of the guitar and the stories behind this love.
Location: Leonard


John Akers’ niche in the guitar world is that of interpreter of Carl Sandburg’s love of the Spanish classical guitar. He has performed twice as the featured artist for the Sandburg Days Festival in Galesburg, IL, and three times at the annual Memorial Day Folk Festival at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC—the only classical guitarist to ever perform at the event. Other venues in recent years include the Philadelphia Free Library, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute, the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of South Carolina’s School of Music.

He began his guitar studies as a sophomore at Middlebury College and completed the PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. He has two short books on Sandburg and his guitar-inspired writings; he recently recorded a CD of international Christmas music with Wofford soprano Emily Conrad. He teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages at Wofford.