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Please join us in the glow of flickering candles for a very unique DaPonte String Quartet concert.

The concert will be held at the all-original, pre-revolutionary, Old Walpole Meetinghouse on Sunday September 13, 2015 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm).

Tickets are $25 and are available only by pre-purchase at the Maine Coast Bookstore in Damariscotta, the Walpole Barn in Walpole (Rt. 129), or the Framer’s Gallery in Boothbay (Meadow Mall).

The Meetinghouse is located 3.5 miles south of Damariscotta off Route 129 on Meetinghouse Road in South Bristol.

This year’s program includes works by Mozart, Schulhoff and Mendelssohn. The Mozart piece is filled with Masonic references, such as rhythmic “knocking” codes. Schulhoff was a brilliant composer, tragically ending his life in one of Hitler’s concentration camps. Mendelssohn wrote this seemingly effortless quartet in the first year of his marriage:


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quartet in A Major, K. 464
Allegro non troppo
Andante con moto
Menuetto & Trio
Allegro vivace

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
String Quartet No. 1 (1924)
Presto con fuoco
Allegretto con moto e con malinconia grotesca
Allegro giocoso alla Slovacca
Andante molto sostenuto


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
Molto allegro vivace
Menuetto. Un poco Allegretto
Andante espressivo ma con moto
Presto con brio

DaPonte String Quartet has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Philadelphia Musical Fund, the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music America, and they were recently voted “Best Music Group in Maine” by the readers of Down East Magazine.

This event promises to be a truly 18th century experience; there is no electricity and no running water in the building. The Meetinghouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an exquisite example of colonial architecture, which includes a soaring hand-carved pulpit.

The proceeds from this concert benefit the maintenance of the structure. In particular, this year the original 12 over 12 light windows will receive much needed restoration.

Open seating for the concert is in the original box pews, and with the Quartet posed on a central elevated platform, gives the performance a theater-in-the-round effect. Quartet violinist, Dino Liva has commented, “The Meetinghouse has the best acoustics of any venue we play”.

Please bring flashlights to guide you to your vehicles after the event.

Tax-deductible contributions toward the window restoration project would be gratefully accepted and should be sent to Old Walpole Meetinghouse, P.O. Box 47, Walpole, Me 04573. Old Walpole Meetinghouse is a non-profit 501c(3) historical and educational organization.