All things guitar will be celebrated across several Fairfield County venues this weekend with the debut of the Connecticut Guitar Festival. Initiated by the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, it is partnering with Westport-based Music for Youth, the Factory Underground Studio of Norwalk, the Westport Arts Center, Westport Public Library and Pequot Library in Southport to present a range of activities, including concerts, master classes, vendors and exhibits.
In explaining the concept for the festival, Dr. Andrew Smith, director of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, said, “The guitar is one of those instruments that crosses over all genres in terms of mutual appreciation from players, no matter the type of music. What we wanted to do is bring the guitar community together and present the very best in every style — classical, rock, folk, world music, jazz, blues. There is so much to celebrate about the guitar and Connecticut has so many fantastic guitarists in our own backyard, it seemed like a great way to bring the musical community together while exposing them to forms of music that might be new to them.”