The Georgia Guitar Quartet kicked off the UGA Performing Arts Center’s 2008-09 season in September with a concert dedicated to their mentor, UGA music professor John Sutherland. It was the group’s first appearance at Hugh Hodgson Hall in more than five years. The quartet members— Jason Solomon (BMus ’00, MM ’02, PhD ’07), Kyle Dawkins (BMus ’99), Brian Smith (BMus ’01) and Phil Snyder (BMus ’98, MM ’00, DMA ’03)—came together 12 years ago at Sutherland’s suggestion and began touring professionally in 2003. In August they performed at the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Utah; upcoming gigs include appearances in Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and Iowa. For more information, visit www.georgiaguitarquartet.com.