The DaPonte String Quartet will perform at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor on July 18. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAPONTE STRING QUARTET

DaPonte String Quartet to play at the Claremont

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The DaPonte String Quartet will take a look at the nature of music in “Organicism” at the Claremont Hotel on Saturday, July 18, at 8:15 p.m.

“High-spirited” and “jaunty” are the words most often used to describe the three very different works in “Organicism”: Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D Major Op. 44 No. 1, Stravinsky’s Concertino and Schumann’s Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3.

In addition to lifting spirits, the music provides an interesting insight into the “biology” of how music is created. “It’s fascinating to see how a composer can spin an entire piece of music out from one tiny cell of notes,” said DaPonte violinist Kirsten Monke. “In the case of Schumann, only two notes!”

In addition to Monke, The quartet includes cellist Myles Jordan and violinists Lydia Forbes and Ferdinand Liva.

The quartet moved to Maine in 1991 on a rural arts grant from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. They perform over 70 concerts a year from Presque Isle to Ogunquit. They were recently voted “Maine’s Best Music Group” for 2014 by readers of “Down East Magazine.”

Admission to Claremont concerts costs $12. Call 244-5036.

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