FRIENDS OF THE DAPONTE STRING QUARTET

Rating: 4.96 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 401 Demariscotta ME 04543 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have enjoyed the DaPonte Quartet for many years, listening to them in Newcastle, South Bristol, Damarascotta, Brunswick, Boothbay Harbor, and Portland Maine. With obvious pride, we have taken visiting guests from San Francisco, Chicago, and New York to their concerts and have watched the wonder on their faces at finding such exquisite music so "far away" from civilization! Their pitch is always perfect and they approach each piece with enthusiasm and love. They love what they do and they love doing it together. And they are extremely generous -- they performed a concert for a medical/health partnership between professionals in Southern Maine and Haiti, Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, which raised almost $5000. They are a part of the fabric of the Southern Maine community and enrich the lives of very many of us. We're blessed with good fortune. Michael & Wendy Taylor

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been going to the DSQ for many years and have never failed to be impressed by its energy, passion, and musicianship. Remarks made by individual members of the Quartet are always interesting, scholarly, and fun. It is first-rate chamber music. We are very fortunate to have them in Maine.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been going to their concerts for a long time and have always been amazed at the energy and quality of their playing. Their intelligent comments about both composers and music are teaching moments that help me understand the music better. The Quartet enriches the cultural life of Maine immensely through concerts and school outreach.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Brunswick and Islesboro.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire a manager.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet is a world-class clssical music ensemble that -- amazingly enough -- chose some time ago to live and work in Maine. It's not that life has been easy for them, but, having made this somewhat-odd choice, they are living for their music. They rehearse for three hours every weekday. When outside guest artists come to perform with them, they can't believe what a luxury it is to have this kind of intensive rehearsal, where , by working literally note by note, the four musicians make magic happen. And meanwhile, they teach, do master classes, concerts, and many other acts of generosity. Those of us who live in Maine have no idea how lucky we are to have them live among us.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet is giving three performances this weekend, in three locations in Maine. Last night, in Newcastle, they played quartets by Webern, Schubert and Beethoven -- three very different composers -- performed with musical insight and technical precision. They received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience. Members of the Quartet teach privately, perform in schools free of charge, and one violinist conducts a community orchestra. They are an integral resource to an area of Maine that is culturally rich during summer months, and much less so during the winter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attend as many concerts as possible and have visited schools where they performed for kids free of charge

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure that they are financially stable enough to enable them to make more music available to a very appreciative community, adults and children

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is a subtlty to the interpretations of the DaPonte String Quartet that teaches the audience, even a well educated audience member, about the piece of music, which only come from a musical group that is made up of insightful musicians. This group does that.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the joys of living in Coastal Maine is that we have so many chances to enjoy the most beautiful music written for String Quartet, played by extraordinary, dedicated and professional musicians. I very much appreciate the DaPonte String Quartet dedication to educating their audiences with thoughtful and comprehensive notes for every performance, as well as personal introductions for each piece. This "extra" does so much to bring an element of excitement to each concert. The Quartet is also dedicated to bringing this wonderful music to children of all ages and also to the elderly in nursing homes who may not be able to come to the concerts in person. I personally feel very privileged to know these wonderful people, and to volunteer my services to them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet is a marvelous combination of professional musicians who love to share classical music with audiences from the general public to school children. They play in our schools to interest our children in music and instruments. They play in retirement centers for those who cannot travel to other venues. They teach private students of all ages and conduct local orchestras. Their repertoire is vast and every series of concerts up and down the midcoast is a different program each time. We are very lucky to have such a professional, community-minded ensemble living in our area and performing year-round. These are four world class musicians who come together to play with unparalleled strength and knowledge of the classics and produce quality, superb, performances.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a professional string quartet in the Midcoast Maine area that performs concerts for the public but, as well, goes into schools and plays for the children and has Q&A with them to interest them in music and instruments. They also play free concerts at nursing homes and retirement centers for those who cannot attend regular concerts. These are four professional musicians who have moved to Maine to provide our area with possibly the only live classical ensemble year-round up and down the Maine coast.
They also teach private lessons to our children and conduct community orchestras.
They also have a half-hour free discussion before the concert explaining the composer's (this year Beethoven) thinking and musicality. It would be a great loss to our community not to have these cultural events and these great musicians and the time they give back to our community and local schools.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of people who come to and enjoy the concerts. I have also recently decided to take violin lessons myself with a member of the quartet.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. Just want the quartet to be able to continue to share their music with our community.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been listening to the DaPonte String Quartet for 20 years--which is as long as it has been a Quartet--and I continue t think it is wonderful! My husband and I moved to Maine from the New York area, where we were used to hearing all kinds of extraordinary music, and we were amazed to find world class music in what seemed like a rural setting. We were also delighted by the intimacy of the settings; we loved the fact that the members of the Quartet became our friends. And we were impressed by the Quartet's generous outreach to the community--their free concerts in schools, for example, and in retirement home, and their concerts to benefit the restoration of historic buildings. Over the years, their programs have grown in sophistication, and their playing in excellence. I find it hard to believe, but they just keep getting better and better!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced the joy of their music.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to raise funds to support them further.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte is a world-class string quartet, and we are unbelievably lucky to have it here in the mid-coast region. The musicians bring passion, expertise, intellectual rigor, and a lively sense of programming to their offerings, whether Beethoven, a contemporary work, or the lives of the Mendelssohns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The DaPonte musicians have given a sense of beauty, peace, solace, joy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make the music available to younger people, especially in schools.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet makes dreams come true.
Classical music, chamber music, especially string quartet music have long been very important to me as a listener. For more than fifty years I listened, but also wanted to learn to play the cello so that as an amateur musician I could too make such music. A busy professional career and retirement to rural Maine made that dream seem out of reach until I discovered the presence in mid-coast Maine of the DaPonte String Quartet. Suddenly, although far from cities with arrays of world class music, I found here an extraordinary group of exceptionally well-trained musicians that was intent on playing the world's finest string quartets at the highest level and to do so generously for multiple villages easily accessible to me, and to my amazement a member of the Quartet agreed to take me, a senior citizen novice, as a student..

TheDaPonte String Quartet contributions to this area are many faceted: they play in formal concerts and take mini-performances to village and rural schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities. Through benefit performances they support other non-profit organizations. Members of the Quartet teach students of their instruments, coach amateur chamber musicians, and even serve as conductor of student and amateur orchestras.

The DSQ always gives the highest quality performances. They are known for their impeccable intonation, well-grounded phrasing, and exquisite ensemble sound. Their level of excellence is, of course, partly the result of their great talents and training at top conservatories, but most of all it is due to their sustained intensity of rehearsal and deep attention to understanding the compositions and the composers. Their pre-concert lectures open the way for deeper appreciation of the music and reveal the commitment these musicians give to every work they perform every time. The DSQ has an unusually broad repertoire and offers more than 30 performances over the course of the year in multiple venues in order to be accessible to audiences dispersed over a wide geographic area.
Recognizing the income limits of many who live in this area, the DSQ has kept concert ticket prices at a very modest level.

To sustain their generosity , however, they have had to make personal sacrifice in income and to divert precious time and energy to non-musical tasks. With more support from generous donors, corporate and grant support, the musicians could do more of what they all yearn to do, namely enhance the advancement of their own artistic development for the benefit of all concerned .

These extraordinary musicians deserve wider appreciation and support from those who understand how valuable such artistic endeavors are to our culture and wellbeing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a listener at their concerts, as a student of a Quartet member, as amember of an amateur orchestra conducted by a Quartet member, as a former member of the Board of the Friends of the DaPonte String Quartet (FDSQ), as a donor to the FDSQ, as a volunteer, and as a member of the general public.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that they have sufficient support to advance artistically, bring guest artists to perform with them, give them the support to take their concerts on tour, commission new music for them to perform, and support the production of CDs of their fine performances, and enhance their personal income.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For twenty years the Daponte String Quartet has brought the enjoyment of classical music to the Maine midcoast region., not only through its concerts, but also through its many workshops and demonstrations in the public schools in the area.
Every year accomplished high school students spend a week-end at Camp Kiev in Waldoboro. Me receiving free coaching in chamber music. In addition, the quartet brings its music to retirement homes and veterans' groups.
The Daponte players make a wonderful addition to the cultural life of this state.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning more about music in the pre-concert lectures.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a manager if finances permit.

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