Beethoven’s best, with soup

Mar 27, 2014
DaPonte String Quartet

Rockland — Bay Chamber Concerts, in partnership with the Farnsworth Art Museum and Allen Insurance and Financial, will present the last in its winter series of Music at Noon concerts Wednesday, April 9, in the downtown Farnsworth Museum’s library.

Music and art lovers are invited to attend this intimate lunchtime concert where they can enjoy a simple, tasty lunch from Atlantic Baking Co. while listening to DaPonte String Quartet performing Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132. This is Bay Chamber’s second year presenting the lunchtime concert series, where admission to the museum, following the concert, is included in the $25 ticket price ($10 younger than 21).

The A Minor string quartet, one of Beethoven’s last major completed works, is widely considered to be among the greatest musical compositions of all time and has inspired many composers and musicians. This performance also is a collaboration with the Camden Conference in support of its 2014 focus on Food and Sustenance. Beethoven wrote Opus 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 the composer’s “prayer” in thanks for the healing and sustaining power of music.

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. Currently 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. DSQ has performed in concert halls around the United States, including Carnegie Hall, and in Europe and Canada. The musicians are: Ferdinand Liva and Lydia Forbes, violin; Kirsten Monke, viola; and Myles Jordan, cello. In addition to their work with the quartet, Forbes and Monke are members of the Bay Chamber Music School faculty.

For more information about the Music at Noon series or any of Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School’s offerings, call 236-2823 or visit baychamberconcerts.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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