ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Public Library will host the DaPonte String Quartet on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. The free concert will take place after hours on the library’s main floor. Masks are required for this event. Registration is recommended to reserve a seat. Registration is available on the library’s website (www.ellsworthlibrary.net/calendar) or by phone (667-6363).
“Maine’s 200th: Music of Early Maine” is the DaPonte String Quartet’s tribute to Maine’s bicentennial. The quartet, Ferdinand “Dino” Liva, Lydia Forbes, Kirsten Monke, and Myles Jordan, will be joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna on percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries), with selected music to share some of the cultural influences.
Liva, a founding member of the quartet, conducts the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine. Forbes has performed throughout Europe with various ensembles, and she has recorded with Sony Classical, CNM, Harmonia Mundi and Vienna Modern Masters. She joined the DaPonte String Quartet in 2006. Monke served as principal violist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. She joined the quartet in 2008 and has since joined the teaching faculty of the Bay Chamber Music School and Bowdoin College. Jordan, a founding member, has performed worldwide, recorded for RCA Red Seal, CBC Records, is a solo artist for the Centaur label, and is founding cellist of the DaPonte String Quartet.
LaPerna has been playing hand drums for over 30 years. He is well versed in many different styles of percussion, however his specialty is Middle Eastern hand drums and rhythmic systems. He is a founding member of Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble and Zapion. He is the director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Bates College, and is the founder and director of the Maine Middle Eastern Orchestra and the Portland Conservatory of Music Middle Eastern Ensemble.
This free concert is made possible by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Bicentennial Commission.