The Maine Friends of Music chamber group will perform three varied Baroque and Beyond concerts over the first weekend in November. The concert series begins Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum.

Admission is free with museum admission, which is free for Rockland residents, museum members and those younger than 17.

The series will continue Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. at Newcastle’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston.

Members of the ensemble are Sean Fleming, piano and harpsichord; Linda Brunner, flute; and David DeBolt, bassoon. The Maine Friends of Music is known for its varied programs, and these concerts carry on that tradition.

The concerts will begin with a suite of dance music for bassoon by the French composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Selections from Couperin’s “Les goûts-réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts” will follow, a piece in which the harpsichord and the full ensemble alternate. A flute sonata by Devienne, the “French Mozart”; a movement from Mozart’s sonata in B-flat major for bassoon; and a beautiful nocturne for solo piano by the Irish composer John Field, a predecessor to Chopin, will be played. The program will end with a set of variations for flute, bassoon and forte-piano written a by a teenage Ludwig van Beethoven; and an arrangement for the full group of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”

The Maine Friends of Music is a professional chamber ensemble that has played their Baroque and Beyond repertoire in many concert venues of Midcoast Maine since 1993. Recently, members of the group performed a 4-concert tour in Paris, Nice and Frejus, France, at the invitation of Parisian harpsichordist Claire Pradel.

Most of the ensemble’s repertoire is from the 18th-century Baroque, but it ranges through the centuries to new music written expressly for the Maine Friends of Music. The addition of guest singers John and Stephanie Sikora in J.S. Bach’s humorous Coffee Cantata delighted audiences in France, Ohio and Maine in recent seasons.

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