By Keely Laughlin for The Island Connection
The Georgia Guitar Quartet – Kyle Dawkins, Brian Smith, Phil Snyder and Jason Solomon – are a pioneering ensemble on the American chamber music and classical guitar scenes. They will be performing Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour on Betsy Kerrison Parkway.
These four musicians from the Southeastern United States deliver a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music. Borrowing from both the past and present, the Georgia Guitar Quartet draws inspiration from the ever-evolving palate of music that has influenced them: classical masters such as Bach and Brahms; experimentalists in the vein of Cage and Stockhausen; and contemporary rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Radiohead.
Audiences at a Georgia Guitar Quartet concert experience an exciting musical journey through an expansive array of genres, continents and time periods. Accomplished composers themselves, they frequently incorporate their own unique works into their dynamic concert programs.
Formed in 1996 and hailing from Athens, Georgia, the Quartet performs throughout the nation in venues ranging from concert halls to popular music clubs. Recent concert highlights include performances in New York, Los Angeles and with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. The GGQ has been featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” on dozens of occasions.
Their five critically acclaimed albums include their own arrangements and compositions.
A review of their Piccolo Spoleto Festival performance in Charleston described the concert as “a dazzling display of technical prowess, versatile programming and audience rapport.” The town of Athens, which boasts a rich musical heritage, has honored the ensemble by awarding them “Best Classical Artist” five years in a row at the Athens Flagpole Music Awards.
To learn more, visit Town of Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events at kiawahisland.org/events/.