The DaPonte String Quartet summer concert series will feature performances in some of Maine’s most beautiful landscapes, culminating with a special two-day Festival at Bates College’s Olin Arts Center. The DSQ will play two Midcoast concerts, Wednesday evenings at Jackson Memorial Library.

To help audiences get into the Fourth of July spirit, Summer Series 1, titled Made in America, celebrates works by American composers Randall Thompson, George Gershwin, Earl Louis Stewart, Samuel Barber and George Crumb. It will be performed seven times: June 24 at the Stonington Opera House; June 28 at the Denmark Arts Center; July 1 at Harpswell’s Centennial Hall; July 2 at Jackson Memorial Library (7:30 p.m.); July 3 at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay; July 9 in South Bristol’s Union Church; July 10 in the historic barn of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells.

The Quartet leaves the New World for the Old World with its second summer series: Entente Cordiale features works by Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich and Henry Purcell. It will be performed five times: July 22 at Harpswell’s Centennial Hall; July 23 at Jackson Memorial Library (7:30 p.m.); July 24 at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Aug. 3 at the Piper Shores Retirement Community in Scarborough; and Aug. 6 at the Union Church in South Bristol.

DaPonte String Quartet’s summer season culminates with a two-day festival at the Bates College Olin Arts Center in Lewiston commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI with guest artists George Lopez and Frank Glazer. Information on programs, venues, and tickets is available by calling 529-4555 or visiting

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