Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7:00-8:00 pm. (NTE: evening concert)

Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to welcome back the snappy doo-wop quartet The 4GENTS for an evening concert that’s sure to please!

The 4GENTS’ remarkable vocal talents have been charming audiences since 2015. Specializing in doo-wop and popular tunes from the ‘50s through the ‘70s, these crooners perform nostalgic hits with a harmonious flair.  Each of The 4GENTS is a professionally trained musician with serious credentials. When they come together to sing doo-wop, the result is magical.

Doo-wop grew out of popular and rhythm-and-blues music in the United States in the 1940s. Known for close vocal harmonies and heartfelt melodies, with simple off-beat rhythms and little or no instrumentation, doo-wop’s success peaked in the early 1960s. Its name references the characteristic “nonsense” syllables included in many songs as vocal substitutes for musical instruments.

(from left): Greg Guenther, Jose “Chach” Snook, Matthew Holter, and Juan Aguirre”

Matthew Holter, founder of The 4GENTS, is an award-winning music teacher and member of True Concord Voices and Orchestra who has performed and directed internationally in England, China, and Russia.

Jose “Chach” Snook enchants audiences with his clarion voice and presence. He was a member of the NY-based vocal ensemble Pieces of Eight before moving to Tucson where he has been named Teacher of the Year as an outstanding fine arts teacher.

Greg Guenther, an award-winning singer and educator, performs with multiple professional opera companies in Arizona, teaches with TUSD’s OMA program, and is on the faculty at Pima Community College.

Juan Aguirre, the bass whose amazing low notes will thrill you, has performed with Arizona Opera and has toured the world in both classical and popular genres. He is a recording artist who has also appeared on television and radio as a bilingual actor and voice-over artist.

Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer

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