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  

I have loved each of the DaPonte String Quartet concerts at the Methodist Church in Brunswick on Sunday afternoons.

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

Enjoying their grand music with a crowd of people.

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

Urge them to put on more concerts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an outstanding group of musicians. They need to be heard in an even wider range of venues. They are truly one of the gems of Maine.
Repeatedly, they have demonstrated outstanding musicianship, amazing technique, brilliant interpretations, and high energy. We've GOT to support them so that they can continue exciting the youth of Maine and anyone who attends their performances. We are really blessed to have such a fine group of musicians in our midst and must do everything we can to help them thrive.

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

They affect my psyche, my intellect, my engagement in the realm of chamber music

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

give them a million dollars!

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

They are sooo good - we must encourage the arts as an integral part of our children's education. The DaPonte's work with children is extremely important and worthy of your support

Why did you make your donation at this time?

because i believe in the importance of their work

What would you tell others about this organization?

that they are outstanding, and that they are worthy of your support

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are extremely fortunate to have the DaPonte String Quartet in our community. The musicians are role models for our children. In addition to their concert schedule, they teach private lessons and conduct youth orchestras.

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

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

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would have them perform for more schools.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an amateur cellist. I have heard the DaPonte play and have been coached by present and former members of the quartet. Their playing is technically and musically excellent, and they are a wonderful inspiration and teacher for amateur players.

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

Yes, helped my playing.

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

n/a

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet brings beautiful classical music alive in our midcoast Maine area. Both my sons study with one of the quartet's violinists. We have enjoyed attending concerts as a family, finding inspiration in their performances. The quartet members further enhance the community with educational programs before their concerts and at local schools.

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

Enjoying live classical music, learning about the composers, about the history of the pieces performed.

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

More young musician programs in the schools.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent of three children who had the privilege of studying violin with Ferdinand Liva of the Daponte String Quartet, our family has been attending their wonderful concerts for several years now. They do so much for young budding musicians both in offering lessons and activities, but also by inspiring them with their deeply moving performances. They also offer free concerts for the community from time to time. Classical music is alive and well in our community. They play truly as one instrument just wringing out of the music the depth of feeling they bring to it. I enthusiastically look forward to each concert.

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

as an audience member at concerts and as a parent of children who took lessons and participating in their activities.

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte string quartet plays incredible music, knows and shares background information on the pieces they are playing and even information on changes in how the pieces have been played over the years. Whenever I go to a concert I know I will hear a variety of fantastic music played splendidly! Thank you DaPonte String Quartet!!!

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

the many amazing concerts I've been to.

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

find ways to give them more money so they can spread their knowledge and fantastic playing with more of the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was in 1994 that I first heard the DaPonte Quartet. I was bowled over with the quality of their playing. Subsequently we had them as coaches at our chamber music workshops. Many of their performances stand out in my mind as exemplars of what string quartet playing should be. Their intonation is as good as I can imagine possible. They, unlike many quartets, utilize a very wide dynamic range. That adds life to the music.

At our workshops we had the pleasure of hearing them rehearse. The quality of their playing doesn't just come from inspiration and talent. There is a great deal of hard work to attain the level of perfection that they achieve.

Alas, it has been a while since I have heard them, but I consider them to be an epitome of quartet playing.

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

Many concerts and workshops. At the workshops both as director and participant.

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

Perhaps have them closer to me so I could hear them again.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard the DaPonte string quartet play almost 20 years ago in Philadelphia. The most impressive features of their playing are the impeccable intonation, and the extreme wide range of dynamics. I have never heard a quartet that has such wonderful contrast in dynamics.

The most memorable performance of the quartet that I heard was when they played Beethovan op. 18 no. 1, particularly the second movement. The violin starts softly and then crescendos. I had to lean forward to hear, and then wasn't sure if I was actually hearing the instrument in real time, or if I was just creating it out of memory. The whole movement was played at the level of piano/pianissimo that was astounding. I still get chills thinking of that superb performance.

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

hearing many concerts at various venues on the east coast. I have also been in quartet groups that have been coached by the DaPonte quartet.

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

wish they still concertized in the Philadelphia area so I could hear them play in person more often.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have followed the DaPonte String Quartet from afar for a couple of years, having heard about it from its violist Kirsten Monke. I hear their broadcasts on Maine Public Radio. They are a dedicated and talented group of musicians devoted to bringing wonderful music to diverse audiences. And, by means of the internet, these audiences can be around the world.

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

listening to broadcasts.

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

not change a thing!

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