The opening concert is at 4 p.m. aboard the National Historic Landmark ferry docked at the Maritime Museum in downtown San Diego.
The first concert, titled “Ancient Inspirations,” will trace the early music influences of two masters, Haydn and Gabriel Fauré. Adaptations of vocal works by Giacomo Carissimi and Josquin des Prez shine a new light on the old origins of two of the finest quartets ever written: Haydn’s opus 20/3 and Faure’s lone work in the genre, his final composition before his death in 1924.
Additional concerts are scheduled May 28, Sept. 17 and Nov. 12. Their titles are “Operatic Explorations,” “Reason Gone Mad” and “Dreams and Dances.”
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for Maritime Museum members, and $10 for students and military. Series tickets to all four concerts are $80 if purchased before Jan. 21.