NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival presents the first of three concerts Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in St. Anna’s Chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St.

The concert features three string quartets: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421” (one of a handful of string quartets he wrote in a minor key); Dmitri Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 6 in G. Major,” and “Ainsi la nuit,” (“Thus the Night”) by modern French composer Henri Dutilleux.

In addition, cellists Sebastien van Kuijk and Eliana Razzino Yang will perform Nicolo Paganini’s “Moses Variations” for two cellos.

A reception follows the performance, which is sponsored by Priscilla Bellairs, giving the audience an opportunity to mingle with the other artists-in-residence, artistic director and violist David Yang, and violinists Lisa Lee and Yonah Zur, who returns for his third season.

Two more concerts follow — on Friday at Brown Chapel in Oak Hill Cemetery (sold-out) and Sunday at St. Paul’s featuring the premiere of “A Day in the Life of Newburyport” by Robert Bradshaw with poems by local poets Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol.

Tickets are $32, or $16 for students 21 and younger, in advance at newburyportchambermusic.org or by calling 978-701-4914, or $35/$18 at the door.