Wilmington cellist Mark Ward and the members of his ensemble will prove the average person knows more classical music than they think during their show.

Don't sell yourself short. You actually do know more classical music than you think.

In this second concert of the series, the Copeland String Quartet will return to the Smyrna Opera House on Sunday to play familiar pieces the audience will recognize from some of their favorite films.

Popular tunes

For instance, Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachmusic" has been in at least a dozen films that include "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," "Daddy Day Care," "X2" and "Pride and Prejudice." And that's just a tip of the iceberg.

Prior to this concert, Copeland String Quartet's first concert of the series was held at the Smyrna Opera House on Sept. 23. The Quartet performed two string quartets by two masters of the genre: Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart credited Haydn with teaching him how to compose string quartets. Haydn is credited with inventing the string quartet and he wrote 68 of them, while Mozart composed 23 during his lifetime.

The genesis

The Copeland String Quartet, formed in 2003, is comprised of violinists Eliezer Gutman and Thomas Jackson, violist Nina Cottman and cellist Mark Ward, veteran performers who have experience playing in the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Kennett Symphony of Chester County and other regional orchestras.

Ward, of Wilmington, likened string quartets to jamming in a jazz band.

"It's like having a conversation, but the dialogue is on a high level," he said. "There's no conductor or no one telling you what to do."

And while the Quartet isn't as recognized as the Delaware Symphony, there are advantages to performing in a small group, he added.

"When you're playing in a quartet, you're a soloist to the extent that you're the only person playing your part," Ward said. "And in an orchestra the decibel level is extreme. You got 100 people playing and it's loud."

The Quartet chose its name as a way to thank Delaware Symphony's board chairwoman, Tatiana Copeland, for her enthusiastic support of the orchestra. In a moment of pure serendipity, the Quartet was invited to play a concert at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2006.

IF YOU GO
WHAT Copeland String Quartet in concert
WHEN 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14
WHERE Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna
COST $16
INFO smyrnaoperahouse.org or 653-4236