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Catanza guitar quartet performs on Casual Classics series, Feb. 17

Atlanta Guitar Trio

      The Atlanta Guitar Trio  who form part of The Catanza Guitar Quartet will perform on the Monday February 17 concert of the Casual Classics Concert Series. Admission is free.

        The Catanza Guitar Quartet will perform on the Monday February 17 concert of the Casual Classics Concert Series. Admission is free, but contributions are gratefully accepted in order to fund the expenses for the series. The concert is at 7 p.m. at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive, Jasper.

Catanza Quartet was formed as a result of the friendship between the groups Duo Catanza and the Atlanta Guitar Trio. Scott Plato performs in both ensembles and had the idea to expand the possibilities of repertoire by combining the talents of both groups. In addition to music for four guitars, the quartet features varied performances with music for two guitars, three guitars, two guitars and theorbo, two guitars and ukulele, and theorbo and voice. The musicians give historical and musical explanations about the composers and compositions they perform. The use of varied instruments, including voice, is something rarely seen in a classical guitar concert. 

Plato received his Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protege of Andres Segovia. Previous collaborations have included performances with members of the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. In 2017 Scott released a solo CD Sacred Music on Solo Guitar. 

Adam Craighead received his bachelor's degree from North Georgia College and has studied under various skilled instructors including previous Richard Knepp and Scott Plato. Adam currently teaches various styles of guitar techniques at a number of schools in the metro Atlanta area and in north Georgia. 

Bill Hearn received his doctorate in guitar performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He currently teaches guitar at Clayton College and State University. Bill was chosen three times as an International Semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America Solo Competition, and worked for four years in the North Carolina Visiting Artist program. 

With a passion for music education, Matthias Young has taught lessons and classes at multiple institutions, including Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Emory Continuing Education at Emory University. He is currently the Director of the Dunwoody Conservatory of Music. In addition to the guitar, Matthias is an accomplished tenor soloist, having performed professionally for over a decade in assisting the choirs of St. Peters and St. Mary’s Church in Rome, GA, and The First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.