The DaPonte String Quartet is offering a six-part series of free online concerts; the first five are now available; the most recent features Three Pieces for String Quartet by Igor Stravinsky. The performances can be found by visiting

Filmed at the Rockport Opera House in April, the Stravinsky work was composed in 1914. Often described as a series of pieces to be played by four strings rather than a traditional string quartet, it challenges the notion of a classically structured chamber music string quartet. Stravinsky later orchestrated the work, added a fourth piece and assigned titles to each.

Considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century, the Russian Stravinsky also held French and American citizenship later in life. He was known as revolutionary in pushing musical boundaries; his departure from classical structure and unexpected combinations provide musicians with scope for freedom of expression.

The next concert in the series will be Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, to be released on June 5.

For more information, and to join the DaPonte email list, email or phone Lisa Westkaemper at 315-7105.