Experience world-class string quartet music in the evening glow of flickering candles at the all original 1772 Old Walpole Meetinghouse on Sunday September 11, 2022 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm).

Tickets are $30 and are available only by pre-purchase, not at the door. Tickets may be purchased on-line by searching “Eventbrite Old Walpole Meetinghouse” (click here for a link), or at Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, and the Walpole Barn in Walpole (by cash or check). To make other arrangements for tickets, please call 207-882-7744 or e-mail info@oldwalpolemeetinghouse.org. 

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

The DaPonte String Quartet’s special performance this year will be works by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Divertimento in E-flat for Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 563, and Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) String Quartet no. 2 in D major.

The DaPonte String Quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and toured in France, Scotland, and Canada, as well as in over twenty American states. They have broadcast on nation-wide radio and television both in the United States and Canada, received awards from the NEA, Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America, and Maine Arts Commission. 

Quartet member Dino Liva is temporarily assuming the duties of management and leadership and his chair (violin) will filled by Alexander Romanul. Mr. Romanul is the grandson of the Romanian Diva Stella Roman. He made his debut at the age of twelve with the New England Conservatory Orchestra in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto conducted by Gunther Schuller, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a Youth Concerts Series and with the Boston Pops by express invitation of Arthur Fiedler.

This year, the Old Walpole Meetinghouse is celebrating its 250th year. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered by historians to be “one of the most beautiful and important historic buildings in Maine”. It is an exquisite example of colonial architecture, including a soaring hand-carved pulpit which is particularly striking by candlelight. 

The proceeds from this concert benefit the maintenance of the structure. In particular, this year a fund-raising project to restore the original 12 over 12 windows is being initiated. 

Limited open seating is in the original box pews and along the edge of the balcony.

Please bring a cushion to sit on and flashlights to guide you to your vehicles after the event.

Tax-deductible contributions toward the roof replacement project and window restoration 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.