7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Harpswell Neck Road
French, Russian, and British composers comprise the meat of “Entente Cordiale,” the DaPonte String Quartet’s second series of summer concerts. “Entente Cordiale” refers of course to the European alliance, but is also a play on words meaning “happy listening.” The concert starts with 17th-century British composer Henry Purcell’s intricately constructed Fantasias for Strings, with their remarkable harmonic idiom, and leaps forward 300 years to Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 in D Major Op. 83. This remarkable work was kept in a drawer by the Russian composer until Stalin was safely dead, because of its obvious Jewish influences. The final piece, Clause Debussy’s G Minor Op. 10, was the French composer’s one and only string quartet.
This is a pay what you wish concert. For additional details go to www.daponte.org