DaPonte’s 26th season features Bartok

Boothbay Harbor concert Nov. 4 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church
Posted:  Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8:45am
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The DaPonte String Quartet launches its 26th season with a special look at the string quartets of Bela Bartok, a composer with whom the DSQ has an intimate and unusual connection. The Quartet will open the season with Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3 and end with his String Quartet No. 2.

Early on, the DSQ studied the Hungarian composer with musicians from his inner circle, recalls cellist Myles Jordan, who co-founded the group in the early 1990s in Philadelphia.

“We studied Bartók closely with Zoltán Székely - Bartók’s sonata partner and friend - and worked with other prominent Hungarian masters, including Lorand Fenyves and Eugene Lehner, the violist of the Kolisch String Quartet, who gave the work's  European premiere,” explained Jordan. “The result was (what amounted to) an apprenticeship in the Austro-Hungarian tradition."

The season, which is performed in Damariscotta, Rockport, Boothbay Harbor, Portland and Brunswick, opens with Series I “What Goes Around…” from Nov. 4-12. 

Performances of  Series I “What Goes Around” consists of  Mozart’s  String Quartet in E flat Major; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85; and Johannes Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major, Op. 67. 

Nov. 4 – 4 p.m. - St. Columba’s Church, 32 Emery Lane, Boothbay Harbor

Nov. 5 – 3 p.m. – Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta

Nov. 9 - 7:30 p.m. – Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland

Nov. 10 –7 p.m. – Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., Rockport

Nov. 12  –  3 p.m. – Unitarian Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Performances of Series II: “A Stroll in the Prater”  runs from March 18-25  and comprises Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No 2; Alban Berg’s String Quartet, Opus 3; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No 1.

March 18 -- 3 p.m. – Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta

March 22 –7:30 p.m. – Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland

March 23 –7 p.m. – Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., Rockport

March 24 –4 p.m. – St. Columba’s Church, 32 Emery Lane, Boothbay Harbor

March 25 – Sunday – 3 p.m. – Unitarian Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Performances of Series III “Obsessions” runs from May 5-13. It features Hugo Wolf’s “Italian Serenade”;  Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2,  Sz. 67, and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major.

May 5 – 4 p.m. – St. Columba’s Church, 32 Emery Lane, Boothbay Harbor

May 6 –   3 p.m. –  Unitarian Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick

May 10 – 7:30 p.m. –  Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland

May 11 – 7 p.m. –  Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., Rockport

May 13 – 3 p.m. –  Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta

The DaPonte String Quartet is Maine’s premier string ensemble. Founded in 1991 in Philadelphia, it moved to Maine over 20 years ago and now performs more than 40 times a year state-wide and year-round, as well as touring the Northeast.  

Tickets are $25, and are available at www.DaPonte.org, at Sherman’s Books in Damariscotta, Camden, and Boothbay Harbor; Longfellow Books in Portland; or Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick.

For more information: 1-207-529-4555.