The Georgia Guitar Quartet got its start when four guitarists met at the University of Georgia.
Originally from Greenville, S.C., Phil Snyder remembers meeting fellow musicians Jason Soloman, Brian Smith and Kyle Dawkins in 1996 while the four were attending UGA and majoring in guitar performance.
The quartet has remained close since then, touring across the country.
“We just liked hanging out together ... at school,” Snyder said. “It’s fun to be up there and making good music with your friends.”
The Georgia Guitar Quartet will make its next stop in Evans Saturday to perform at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is part of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta’s Columbia County Music Series.
Tickets cost $15, or $7 for students and military personnel.
All four members of the quartet play classical guitars. They also teach music and guitar at various colleges.
While much of the music the group plays was written by classical composers, such as Bach and Chopin, Snyder said they also add in jazz and modern compositions.
“We try to encompass all of the music that we like to listen to, which goes from classical all the way up through rock, pop and jazz,” he said.
Dawkins wrote the first piece to be played at Saturday’s concert.
“It’s got a lot more strumming and percussion on the guitar,” Snyder said.
While in the Augusta area, the Georgia Guitar Quartet is scheduled to give presentations at several schools in Richmond and Columbia counties, including Grovetown, Stevens Creek, North Harlem and Lewiston elementary schools, said Symphony Orchestra Augusta Director of Education and Community Engagement Amy Montgomery.
“It definitely is different,” she said. “It’s not often that you ever get to hear a guitar quartet.”
For information about the concert, call (706) 826-4705 or visit www.soaugusta.com.