The acclaimed DaPonte String Quartet will perform in concert at the historic Phippsburg Congregational Church on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor (“Serioso”).
Not long after forming in Philadelphia 28 years ago, the DaPonte String Quartet surprised the musical world by moving from a cosmopolitan urban area to rural Maine. The DSQ has performed all over the U.S. and around the world. They have received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, the Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and have participated in several of the nation's most prestigious concert series to rave reviews. Musicians and critics alike wondered, why would the DSQ move to Maine, where, as the New York Times noted, they create an experience "like watching the Celtics play in the local gym."
The members of the DaPonte String Quartet are proud to call Maine home, and their relationship with mid-coast Maine remains a deeply rooted one. When CBS Sunday Morning nationally televised a profile of the group, the idea of living outside a major urban center suddenly appeared to be an appealing alternative lifestyle few musicians had considered. Few string quartets can boast such a devoted following. When the Quartet debuted at Carnegie Hall, a large contingent of their fans traveled to New York to hear and cheer them there. The Times wrote in amazement: "Let it not be said that the DaPonte String Quartet enters New York musical life without friends. Weill Hall was packed!" The state's embrace of the DSQ has also taken the form of awards from the Maine Arts Commission.
For their midsummer tour, the Quartet decided to revisit their roots and go back to their rural beginnings. Thus, it will appear in the churches and historic landmarks of small towns and villages, giving residents intimate experiences of world-class music in their own communities.
Admission is $25 at the door and $22.50 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. Phippsburg Congregational Church is located at 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg. Doors open at 7 p.m. Information: 389-1770.