DaPonte 27th season features Peter Serkin
The DaPonte String Quartet will kick off its 27th season June 6 with its Spring Fan Fare concert at Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, with special guest artist, distinguished pianist Peter Serkin. They will perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet Op. 44 in E flat Major and Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F minor.
“Our 25th anniversary gala at Studzinski Hall with pianist Awadagin Pratt was such a success, we wanted to do it again,” says Friends of DaPonte String Quartet Executive Director Amy MacDonald. “But we can only celebrate our 25th anniversary so many times, so we decided to turn it into an annual celebration to launch our new season. We are absolutely delighted that Mr. Serkin is able to join us for this, our first Spring FanFare season-kickoff concert.”
Serkin’s link to the DaPonte Quartet goes back decades, to when he first met and played with DSQ violinist Lydia Forbes. His own musical heritage extends over generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin.
A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai, and Dover String Quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member. He has also performed with the world's major symphony orchestras, led by such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and James Levine. He has a special feeling for both Brahms and Schumann, having recently made several arrangements of four-hand music by Schumann for various chamber ensembles as well as transcribing Brahms’s organ Chorale-Preludes for one piano, four-hands
The concert is June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Bowdoin College’s Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, Maine. Tickets are $65 and are available at www.DaPonte.org. For more information, call 207-529-4555.