DaPonte String Quartet’s ‘Summer Goulash’ in July
The DaPonte String Quartet will perform their first summer series “Summer Goulash” in eight different locales next month as they travel from Portland to Eastport to start their 27th season.
As the title suggests, the program has a Hungarian flavor, as the Quartet continue their year-long exploration of the works of Bela Bartók, with a performance of the Hungarian composer's “String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85.” The Quartet have a special feeling for Bartók’s music, as they studied the composer with musicians from his inner circle in the early ’90s.
“We studied Bartók closely with Zoltán Székely - Bartók’s sonata partner and friend,” recalls cellist Myles Jordan. “And we worked with other prominent Hungarian masters, including Lorand Fenyves and Eugene Lehner, the violist of the Kolisch String Quartet, who gave the work's European premiere. The result was what amounted to an apprenticeship in the Austro-Hungarian tradition.
Other works on the program include Brahms’s “String Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major Op. 67” — a bright, sunny and perfectly crafted work, and his last string quartet; and Haydn’s “String Quartet in C Major Op. 20 No. 2,” one of the works that led him to be dubbed the “father of the string quartet.”
This summer for the first time, the Quartet will be performing in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House as well as their regular venues in Brunswick, Portland, South Bristol, and Rockport. After doing “Summer Goulash” in the Midcoast, they will take it on tour Downeast to Machias, Eastport and Surry. Performances of “Summer Goulash” are as follows: July 5, 7:30 p.m. - Portland: Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St.; July 10, 7:30 p.m. - Rockport: Opera House, 6 Central St.; July 12, 7:30 p.m. - Brunswick: Unitarian Church, 15 Pleasant St.; July 17, 7:30 p.m. - Boothbay Harbor: Opera House, 86 Townsend St. (Tickets: 633-5159); July 18, 7:30 p.m. - South Bristol: Union Church, Middle Rd. & Rte. 129. And on July 23 in Eastport; July 24, Machias; and July 25 in Surry.
Tickets for most performances are available for $30 at the door or at Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick; Longfellow Books, Portland; and Sherman’s Books in Damariscotta and Camden. Tickets bought at our website are discounted 10 percent: www.DaPonte.org. For more information: 207-529-4555.