Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Georgia Guitar Quartet at Arts Centre of November 13

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County has by now become well known for offering a great variety of high quality arts events. They recently announced a concert by the highly acclaimed Georgia Guitar Quartet on November 13 at 7 PM. Formed in 1996 and hailing from Athens, Georgia, the ensemble maintains an active concert schedule, performing in a variety of venues, ranging from concert halls to popular music clubs. A typical GGQ concert will feature moving performances coupled with enthusiastic audience interaction. Passion, flair, sensitivity, and humor are characteristic qualities of every GGQ concert. In addition to performing classical music from the Renaissance to the present day, The Quartet explores other styles such as jazz, bluegrass, ragtime and Celtic music. While expanding the catalog of music for four guitars by arranging pre-existing works, the Quartet has a profound interest in the creation and performance of modern music. As a result of their diverse repertoire, the group appeals to a wide range of music lovers.

The Quartet performs regularly throughout the US. One review of their 1999 Piccolo Spoleto Festival performance in Charleston, South Carolina, described the concert as “a dazzling display of technical prowess, versatile programming, and audience rapport.”

In 2001, the Quartet was invited by Christopher Parkening to perform as quest artists in his twenty-seventh annual master class in Bozeman, Montana. The ensemble’s recordings have each won great critical acclaim. Their debut CD was ranked among the top ten Athens albums of 1998 by Flagpole Magazine. Two new albums of the Quartet’s original arrangements and compositions will be released this year on Solponticello Records
The Centre is located on Lower Fayetteville Road several miles east of Newnan. Information on the Georgia Guitar Quartet concert and any other Centre events is available by calling 770-254-2787.

- Forrest Schultz, Coweta Arts Tidbits
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