Experience the 18th century in the glow of flickering candles for a very unique and special DaPonte String Quartet concert by candlelight. The concert will be held at the all-original Old Walpole Meetinghouse on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
This event promises to be a truly 18th century experience; there is no electricity and no running water in the building (but rest assured, a modern portable toilet will be available). The meetinghouse, built in 1772, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an exquisite example of colonial architecture, including a soaring hand-carved pulpit.
Open seating is in the original box pews, and with the quartet posed on a central elevated platform gives the performance a theater-in-the-round effect. Quartet violinist, Dino Liva has commented, “The meetinghouse has the best acoustics of any venue we play.”
The quartet’s special performance this year will include “String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77 No. 1” by Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809); “String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 ‘Serioso’” by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827); and “String Quartet in F Major” by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).
The quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” and toured in France, Scotland, and Canada, as well as in over 20 states across the U.S. They have broadcast on nationwide radio and television both in the U.S. and Canada, received awards from the NEA, Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and Maine Arts Commission. They have also recorded four CDs.
Because this is a special fundraising concert to benefit replacing the roof shingles on the meetinghouse, we are not able to honor tickets for other DaPonte venues in their concert series.
Tickets are $25 and are available only by pre-purchase, not at the door. Tickets may be purchased online by credit card at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4303281 or by check/cash at Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore in Damariscotta, the Walpole Barn, Route 129, Walpole; Boothbay Harbor Framer’s Gallery, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor (in the mall). To make other arrangements for tickets, please call 882-7744 or email email@example.com.
Tax-deductible contributions toward the roof replacement project would be gratefully accepted and should be sent to Old Walpole Meetinghouse, P.O. Box 47, Walpole, ME 04573. Old Walpole Meetinghouse is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) historical and educational organization.
The meetinghouse is located 3.5 miles south of Damariscotta, on Meetinghouse Road off Route 129 in South Bristol. Remember to bring flashlights to guide you to your vehicles after the event.