DaPonte in classroom, in concert

May 02, 2013
The DaPonte Quartet will present musical education programs in Cushing and Thomaston elementary schools Thursday, May 16.

DaPonte String Quartet will visit elementary schools in Thomaston and Cushing Thursday, May 16, as part of its mission to bring live classical music to Maine schoolchildren at no cost. That evening, the quartet will perform a concert at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main St./Route 1, Thomaston; tickets are $20, free for those younger than 21.

What would “Happy Birthday” sound like if it had been written by Bach? Or Haydn? Or as a tango or ragtime piece? This is one way the DaPonte String Quartet brings home to schoolchildren some of the basic techniques of musical composition. In addition to playing “Happy Birthday” in the style of a dozen different composers, the quartet will introduce students to the music of Stravinsky and Debussy; and familiarize them with the history of classical music and string quartets.

The quartet will visit the Lura Libby School in Thomaston and the Cushing Elementary School. DaPonte is able to provide this free musical education thanks in part to a grant from the Simmons Foundation. For more information, call 529-4555 or visit DaPonte.org.

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

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