The DaPonte String Quartet, named Best Music Group in Maine this month by the readers of Down East Magazine in its 2014 Readers Choice poll, will bring its second summer concert program to Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main St./Route 131, Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The program is titled Entente Cordiale, referring not only to the European alliance, but also a play on words meaning “happy listening.” The concert starts with 17th-century British composer Henry Purcell’s intricately constructed Fantasias for Strings and leaps forward 300 years to Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 in D Major Op. 83. The final piece, Clause Debussy’s G Minor Op. 10, was the French composer’s one and only string quartet.

The DaPonte String Quartet came to Maine from Philadelphia 22 years ago on a Chamber Music America/NEA rural residency grant. They fell in love with the state, and decided to stay — not in the cities but in the rural areas they loved so much. The New York Times, describing the experience of hearing the DSQ perform in some tiny rural church, compared it to “having the Boston Celtics playing in your local gym.”

Tickets are $25, free younger than 21, available at the library; at; or by calling 529-4555.

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