ROCKPORT, Maine — Bay Chamber Concerts, in partnership with the Farnsworth Art Museum and Allen Insurance and Financial, presents the last in its series of four Music at Noon concerts on Wednesday, April 9, in the Farnsworth Museum’s Library. The DaPonte String Quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132. One of the composer’s last major completed works, it is widely considered to be among the greatest musical compositions of all time, and has inspired many composers and musicians.
Music and art lovers are invited to attend this intimate noontime concert where they can enjoy a simple, tasty lunch from Atlantic Baking Co. while listening to this deeply felt and uplifting music. Tickets are $25, including the soup luncheon and admission to the museum after the concert, and may be obtained by visiting www.baychamberconcerts.org or calling 207-236-2823.
This DaPonte String Quartet is celebrating its 22nd year in Maine. The ensemble was founded in Philadelphia and moved to Maine on a Rural Residency Grant established by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. They have performed in concert halls around the US, including Carnegie Hall; and in Europe and Canada. The Quartet consists of Ferdinand Liva and Lydia Forbes, Violin; Kirsten Monke, Viola and Myles Jordan, Cello. In addition to their work with the Quartet, Lydia and Kirsten are members of the Bay Chamber Music School faculty.
The mission of the DaPonte String Quartet is to connect audiences to composers by bringing to life the human context of each score’s creation. This performance is also a collaboration with the Camden Conference in support of their focus on Food and Sustenance. Beethoven wrote Op. 132 after a period of great illness, during which his doctor gave him strict advice: “No wine, no coffee, no spices of any kind”….and a move to the country to “imbibe fresh air and natural milk.” The Adagio movement is his ‘prayer’ in thanks for the healing and sustaining power of music.