Catanza Guitar Quartet Performs on Casual Classics Series
The Catanza Guitar Quartet will perform on the Monday, February 17 concert of the Casual Classics Concert Series. Admission to the concert 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 GA.
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.
Scott 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. Scott then completed a Master of Music degree from Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000.
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. Adam earned a Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Reinhardt University.
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 the Fall of 2017, he established the guitar program at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA. In addition to the guitar, Matthias is an accomplished tenor soloist.