The DaPonte String Quartet announces Suzanne Nance will return to Maine to help celebrate Easter.

In addition to hosting classical radio shows, Nance, a widely praised singer, will sing soprano while Joshua Miller sings baritone in a selection of Bach Cantatas that are part of the DaPonte Quartet’s Easter program. Another Easter-themed piece, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross,” rounds out the program.

They will perform five concerts, March 23-27, at venues in Thomaston, Portland, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor and Brunswick.

“It’s a great joy to return to Maine to interpret Bach’s music with the accomplished and respected musicians of DaPonte,” Nance said. “I always return to his music. It is challenging and uplifting and resonates deeply with me as both a performer and a listener.”

Since leaving Maine Public Broadcasting Network, where she won an Emmy for producing and hosting MaineArts!, Nance has become one of the fastest-rising stars in the world of classical music radio. She went from Maine to WFMT in Chicago, where she hosted the drive time classical music show and co-produced and hosted the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s internationally syndicated radio broadcast. From WFMT, she went to Oregon to head up All-Classical Portland.

Miller is also known to Mainers as an alumnus of the University of Southern Maine School of Music and the PORTopera Young Artist Program. He left Maine to pursue an opera career in New York City, where he has been a soloist with the MetroWest Opera, St. Cecilia’s Chamber Choir, and sang the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Bagaduce Chorale.

The DaPonte String Quartet was founded in 1991 in Philadelphia and moved to Maine 20 years ago. It performs over 60 concerts a year, year-round, from Presque Isle to Ogunquit.

Area performances include Portland, Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., and Brunswick, Sunday, March 27, 3 p.m., Unitarian Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Tickets cost $20, and are available at www.DaPonte.org, at Maine Coast Books or River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Longfellow Books in Portland, Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick or by calling 207-529-4555.


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