The DaPonte String Quartets next Maine tour is starting Saturday August 14, 2021 at the Rockport Opera House, and continues through August and September.

Featured on this program:

Mozart: String Quartet in C Major K. 465 (“Dissonance”)

In 1783, sixteen years before Beethoven his first symphony, Mozart composed a string quartet with an opening section surpassing in harmonic complexity anything written until Wagner.   The question, then, is what Mozart is doing in the first movement of the Dissonance quartet that’s so unusual for its time?  His String Quartet in C Major, nicknamed “Dissonance”, is a masterful combination of notes – harmonic yet surprising, melodic yet startling.

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

After his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1960 Dmitry Shostakovich contemplated suicide, and wrote the Eighth String Quartet in only three days (July 12-14, 1960), intended as his own epitaph. Less than seven years had elapsed since Stalin’s death in 1953 ended one of the most brutal national terrors ever inflicted.  The composer constructs a series of tableaux comprising an almost hysterical denunciation of the Soviet state. Some of the effects Shostakovich uses to paint the pictures are low drone notes, symbolizing electrified fences, or the barking sounds of Alsatian guard dogs against a wildly-scrambling texture evoking the running steps of people fleeing for their lives.

Come hear these two significant works, performed by masters of their instruments, the DaPonte String Quartet. 

Aug 14 @ 7pm at Rockport Opera House

Aug 19 @ 7pm at Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown

Aug 21 @ 4:30pm at Medomak New Barn in Washington

Aug 22 @ 4pm at Surry Arts in the Barn

Aug 28 @ 5pm  at St Paul’s Union Chapel, Waldoboro

September 25th @ 5pm at Ocean View Grange in Port Clyde