Cellist Scott Kluksdahl returns to Maine to perform with the DaPonte String Quartet in Schubert's much-adored Cello Quintet in C Major. Five performances of the DSQ’s final winter concert series, dubbed Memento Mori, will be presented. The local performance is Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

Composed during the last weeks of Schubert's life, the Cello Quintet is considered by many to be his masterpiece. Schubert's decision to use a second cello allows him to explore the string trio texture in the middle of the ensemble and also adds to the overall richness of the piece, contributing to a darker sound. Kluksdahl, a graduate of Harvard and Julliard, has been described by Strings magazine as “a simply superb cellist.”

The Memento Mori program also offers a rare chance to hear Thomas Adès' complex "Arcadiana." This seven-movement evocation of paradise employs many extended string techniques such as harmonics and glissandi. The dynamic range is wide, with rapid changes, and the piece is rhythmically demanding. Samuel Barber's most famous piece, the moving Adagio from his String Quartet, completes the concert.

Tickets are $20, free for those younger than age 21, available at daponte.org or by calling 529-4555. Winter Series III performances begin 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Brunswick’s Unitarian Church; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta; and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at St. Columba’s Church, Boothbay Harbor.

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