Celebrating its 25th season, the DaPonte String Quartet kicks off its winter season with a concert that ranges from Mozart to modern. The Running a Ground program will be performed six times, in Damariscotta, Rockport, Boothbay Harbor, Portland, Gardiner and Brunswick. For the three-concert winter series, the DSQ has replaced its usual Thomaston venue with a brand new location — the Rockport Opera House.

“It was time to move to a bigger hall,” said Executive Director Amy MacDonald. “The Opera House is perfect — a historic building with modern, accessible and comfortable seating, located right in the heart of the village.”

The local Running a Ground concert is set for Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The other performances are: Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater; Saturday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. at Boothbay Harbor’s St. Columba’s Church; Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Portland’s Jewish Museum; Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Gardiner’s Johnson Hall; and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at Brunswick’s Unitarian Church.

Running a Ground features Mozart’s last string quartet, No. 23 in F Major, as well as contemporary American composer John Hiss’s “Microscosms” and Russian great Sergei Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major.

Mozart’s final quartet "seems to mingle the bliss and sorrow of a farewell to life,” musicologist Alfred Einstein wrote. “How beautiful life has been! How sad! How brief!" Heiss’ “Microcosms,” written precisely 225 years later and just 10 minutes long, has the depth of late Beethoven quartets, while being witty and whimsical as well. Prokofiev considered his Quartet No. 2 to be “an extremely turbulent success” — in one case quite literally, as a 1942 performance was interrupted by a Nazi air raid.

Tickets are $20 and (except for the Gardiner one-off concert) are available at daponte.org; at Sherman’s Books in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor; Longfellow Books in Portland; Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick; or by calling 529-4555. Gardiner tickets are available via the Johnson Hall Theater box office, 582-7144.

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