The DaPonte String Quartet has announced the arrival of its newest CD, "Pathways to Healing: Music of Mendelssohn and Beethoven." Recorded at historic Head Tide Church in Alna and produced by 11-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering, the CD includes Felix Mendelssohn's masterful string quartet Opus 13, published when he was just 19 years old; and the work that inspired it, Ludwig van Beethoven's magisterial quartet Opus 132.  Both works, written within two years of each other, share the same goal — exploring the restoration of health, especially emotional health, through musical means.

Recorded on the Centaur Records label, the CD is available for advance purchase online at, to ships Monday, Sept. 26. It will be available in retail stores nationally and internationally in the coming months and will also be available on iTunes.

There will be a FanFare CD launch party and celebration of the work of the DSQ Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3:30 pm at Kieve-Wavus in Jefferson. Tickets are $50, and available on the website or by calling 529-4555.

Founded in 1991 in Philadelphia, the DaPonte String Quartet is celebrating its 25th year. The group performs more than 60 concerts a year, year-round, from Presque Isle to Ogunquit — including stops in Midcoast Maine.

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