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DaPonte String Quartet to Perform March 7

Story posted March 15, 1999


March 4, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Maine-based DaPonte String Quartet will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center. The Department of Music and the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship are cosponsoring the concert, which is free and open to the public.

The program for this concert includes Viktor Ullman's "Quartet No. 3," Bartok's "Quartet No. 4" and Schumann's "Quartet No. 2."

Formed in Philadelphia in 1991, the DaPonte String Quartet is considered one of the most exciting young groups on the international scene. The Juilliard and Peabody Conservatory trained quartet is composed of violinists Dean Arthur Stein and Ferdinand Liva, violist Mark Preston and cellist Myles Jordan. One of the ensemble's strengths is its ability to make music immediate and fresh. Members of the quartet speak directly to the audience about each piece they perform, part of an accessible, personable style that connects them with their audiences. Their chamber music mentors have included members of the Budapest, Hungarian and Juilliard string quartets.

The National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency grant brought the quartet to Maine three years ago, and they decided to make Maine their permanent home.

The quartet has recently released its second CD, which includes works by Erwin Schulhoff, Dmitri Shostakovich and Maine resident Gia Comolli. Their first disc contains the music of Beethoven and Hugo Wolf. They can also be heard in selections from Haydn's "Opus 1, No. 1" on L. L. Bean's new CD featuring performing artists of Maine.

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