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CLASSICAL GUITAR PERFORMANCE

Professional classical guitarist for concerts, performance/lectures and elegant weddings

James Baird, Classsical Guitarist

Concerts and Recitals

Music for solo classical guitar, and duets with flute and classical guitar.

Photo James Baird for wedding

Wedding Ceremonies, Cocktails and Dinners

The most important personal festive event of a lifetime. Live music sets the tone and makes it special. 

James Baird Performance Lecture photo

Performance/Lectures

Programs with historical perspective and narrative highlighting the music and culture of classical guitar.

CONCERTS AND RECITALS

Programs for Solo Guitar and Duets for Flute and Guitar

Programs for Solo Guitar
Duets for Flute & Guitar

Concert programs include musical masterpieces from the broad spectrum of the classical guitar repertoire, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including unique transcriptions for solo guitar and exciting duets flute and guitar.

Genres include:
~ Elizabethan and Renaissance songs and dances,
~ Lute music of Spain, England, Italy and Germany
~ Classical era guitar compositions 
~ Music of the modern era characteristic of
    Spain, Latin America, Europe and Russia
~ Songs and dances from the United States

WEDDING CELEBRATIONS

Music for Ceremonies, Cocktails and Dinner

WEDDING MUSIC
Classical Guitar
and Flute with Guitar

Your wedding is perhaps the most important, personal and memorable event of a lifetime. Live music sets a special tone for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions. Music performed by experienced professionals ensures a high quality of performance.

Ceremony
~ Prelude music welcomes guests and sets the mood for celebration. 
~ Processionals guide the bride and her entourage with dignity.
~ Interludes accompany contemplative moments of reflection.
~ Recessionals signal the rite has taken place and the party is starting.

Cocktails and Dinner
It's time to party! Entertain guests while awaiting the bride, groom.
Guests enjoy lively, light classical and to Latin grooves.
Classical music creates a quiet, festive mood for dinner conversation.

Mobirise

Baird/Wyton Flute and Guitar Duo
Barbara Wyton and James Baird have performed together for over 25 years. Their duet repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. For weddings, they have built an extensive collection of processionals, recessionals and preludes. For performance, we offer classical music, American and Latin American songs and dances.

PERFORMANCE LECTURES

Informative musical performances

Performance Lectures

Instructional classical guitar performance lectures highlighting the history of classical guitar music. Anecdotes illustrate aspects of music for guitar including historical perspective on dances, musical variations, and traditional songs.              

A Brief History of Spanish Guitar 
Pavan in C - Luys Milán (c1500-1561)
Guárdame las Vacas - Luis de Narváez (fl. 1526-49)
Fantasia X - Alonso Mudarra (c. 1510-1580)
Prelude and Allegro - Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739)
Minuet and Rondo Op. 22 - Fernando Sor (1778–1839)
Capricho Árabe - Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909)
Capricho Catalán - Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909)
Madroños - Federico Moreno Torroba (1891–1982)

History of Spanish Guitar screen

A Discourse On Dance for Guitar 
Pavan - Luis Milán (c. 1500 – 61)
Frogg Galliard - J Dowland (1563 – 1626)
Allemande in Em - JS Bach (1685-1750)
Minuet in C, Op. 25 - F Sor (1778–1839)
Mazurka in G - F Tárrega (1852–1909)
Homenaje Tárrega - J Turina (1882-1949)
Valses Venezolano - A Lauro (1917-1986)
Shottish-Chôro - H Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Sounds of Bells - J Pernambuco (1983-1947)

A Discourse on Dance screen

A Variety of Musical Variations for Guitar 
Guárdame las Vacas - L Narváez (1526–49)
Fantasia X - Alonso Mudarra (c. 1510 – 1580)
Frogg Galliard - John Dowland (1563 – 1626)
Sarabande & Double in Bm - J S Bach (1685-1750)
Mozart Variations - F Sor (1778–1839)
Capricho Árabe - F Tárrega (1852–1909)
Thema, Varia et Finale - M Ponce (1882-1948)

A Variety of Variations screen

Guitar Music of Brazil
Modinhas: Romantic Songs
~ Se ela perguntar - D Reis (1916-77)
~ Vals Sem Nom - B Powell (1937-2000)
Bossa Nova: Brazilian Jazz
~ Samba de Uma Nota - A Jobim (1924-97)
~ Manha de Carnevale - L Bonfá (1922-2001)
Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos – Art Music
~ Prelude No. 1 in E from Cinq Préludes
~ Étude No, 8 in Cm from Douze Études
~ Gavotta-Chôro from Suite Brésilienne
Chôro: Instrumental Popular Music
~ Sons de Carilhoes  - J Guimaraes (1883-1947)

Guitar Music of Brazil screen

BAIRD GUITAR TESTIMONIALS

View what listeners have to say about our performances

"The program was excellent and
the audience enjoyed it."

Elisabeth Breslav

PLETMAN CONCERTS

Concert photo

"We just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your guitar playing last Saturday at the Silvermine. It was exactly what we were hoping for and really set the stage for the type of evening we were hoping to have."

Kathleen and John Healy

PARENTS OF THE BRIDE

"The residents thoroughly enjoyed your performance yesterday. I received many comments saying how wonderful your music is."

Kathy Donaldson

THE GARDENS, DANBURY CT

Kathy Donaldson and Christine, Rec Directors

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