Crosscurrents: The DaPonte Quartet Explores the Mixed Musics of Early Maine
NOTE: Part of the opening day festivities of the Maine Bicentennial and Statehood Conference, which is open to the public. Not eligible for CCA subscriptions or K–12 pricing.
Not long after forming in Philadelphia, the DaPonte String Quartet surprised the musical world by moving to Maine where, as the New York Times noted, they create an experience “like watching the Boston Celtics play in the local gym.”
The move was prompted by a temporary rural residency grant from Chamber Music America and the NEA, but once they arrived in Maine, they forged an unbreakable love-bond with the state. They now play over 60 concerts a year across the Maine, in addition to touring out of state. They were voted “Best Musical Group” in Maine (in all music genres) for 2014 by readers of Down East Magazine, and were recently awarded the 2016 Maine Arts Commission Fellows in Performing Arts.
The DSQ are sought after to perform and teach everywhere. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and toured in France, Scotland, and Canada, as well as in over twenty American states. They have broadcast on nation-wide radio and television both in the United States and Canada, received awards from the NEA, Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and Maine Arts Commission. In 2016 they also released their fourth CD, Pathways to Healing, engineered by 11-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig, on the Centaur Records label. Guest artists who have performed with them include Awadagin Pratt, Kate Aldrich, Gilbert Kalish, and Peter Serkin.
The Quartet comprises Lydia Forbes and Ferdinand Liva on violin, Kirsten Monke on viola, and Myles Jordan on cello.
Tickets – $15