Back to Basics with the Three B's


It's Back to Basics with the “Three B’s”  for DaPonte String Quartet  and Guest Artist Katherine Murdock

In a radical reversal from their electrified winter series, the DaPonte String Quartet greet spring with a return to the most traditional classical music—the “three B’s.” Guest artist Katherine Murdock joins them on viola for “Bees in Your Bonnet” featuring quintets by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as some Bach fugues. It will be performed from Mar. 19-26 in Rockport, Portland, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor and Brunswick.

Murdock has performed as guest artist with many distinguished string quartets including Emerson and Guarneri, as well as with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony. She and the Quartet will play Beethoven's String Quintet in C Major, Opus 29 and Brahms's String Quintet In G Major. Selections from Bach's Art of the Fugue complete the concert.

Performances are:
--Mar. 19 at 3:00pm, Rockport Opera House,
   6 Central St., Rockport;
--Mar. 23 at 7:30pm, Maine Jewish Museum,
   267 Congress St., Portland;
--Mar. 24 at 7:30pm, Lincoln Theater,
   2 Theater St., Damariscotta;
--Mar. 25 at 4:00pm, St. Columba’s Church,
   32 Emery Lane, Boothbay Harbor;
--Mar. 26 at 3:00pm, Unitarian Church,
   15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

The DaPonte String Quartet is Maine’s premier string ensemble. Founded in 1991 in Philadelphia, it is currently celebrating its 25th year. The Quartet performs over 60 times a year, year round, from Presque Isle to Ogunquit.

Tickets are $20, and are available at , at Sherman’s Books in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Longfellow Books in Portland, Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, or at 529-4555.

Photo: The DaPonte String Quartet (l to r):Myles Jordan, cello; Kirsten Monke, viola; Lydia Forbes, violin; Ferdinand Liva, violin;
Photo: Violist Katherine Murdock