Summer Goulash on DaPonte menu

Jun 27, 2018
Photo by: Pierce Studios The DaPonte String Quartet is, clockwise from front, Ferdinand Liva, violin; Kirsten Monke, viola; Lydia Forbes, violin; and Myles Jordan, cello.

The DaPonte String Quartet will perform its first summer series, dubbed Summer Goulash, in eight different locales in July. The DSQ will travel from Portland to Eastport to start the 27th season; the local concert is Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House.

As the title suggests, the program has a Hungarian flavor, as the quartet continues its yearlong exploration of the works of Bela Bartók with a performance of the Hungarian composer's String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85. The DSQ has a special feeling for Bartók’s music, as the players studied the composer with musicians from his inner circle in the early 1990s.

“We studied Bartók closely with Zoltán Székely, Bartók’s sonata partner and friend,” said cellist Myles Jordan. “And we worked with other prominent Hungarian masters including Lorand Fenyves and Eugene Lehner, the violist of the Kolisch String Quartet, who gave the work's European premiere.”

The result was "what amounted to an apprenticeship in the Austro-Hungarian tradition." Other works on the program include Brahms’ String Quartet No. 3 in B flat Major Op. 67, a bright, sunny and perfectly crafted work, and his last string quartet; and Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major Op.20 No .2, one of the works that led him to be dubbed the father of the string quartet.

Tickets are $30 at the door or at Sherman’s Books in Camden; tickets bought via daponte.org are discounted 10 percent. Tickets for those younger than 21 are free. For more information, call 529-4555 or visit the website.

The Summer Goulash tour opens Thursday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Portland’s Maine Jewish Museum; and continues, after the Rockport concert, Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Brunswick’s Unitarian Church; Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor; Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at South Bristol’s Union Church; then heads Down East for concerts in Eastport (July 23), Machias (July 24) and Surry (July 25).

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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