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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Anita G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Helen P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed many of the DaPonte String Quartet's summer concerts; each of them impressed me with the excellence of the performance and the warm professionalism of the performers. After several years of enjoying multiple performances each summer (when I visit the area), I've yet to hear the same piece twice. The DaPonte perpetually push and expand their repertoire, regularly inviting other wonderful artists to perform with them in dazzling quintets. But they don't stop at lovely summer performances during the most attractive season in Maine (when the tourists and their purses bound) -- they continue these performances year round, bringing glorious music to the year round residents.
The DaPonte provides world class musical performances to an audience that might otherwise never get to hear music performed at that level. In addition to their work as performers, the DaPonte work tirelessly to bring music to young students, performing and doing workshops in schools. The members also promote music education in the area by teaching private students.
The DaPonte Quartet is made up of four truly amazing musicians. As such, their strong suit is not scheduling and planning, but learning, teaching, growing and performing. And thus, it is imperative that they have enough money to afford to hire a talented regular manager.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One might expect a chamber music group to appeal opnly to an elite audience; nothing could be further from the truth with this group. In addition to bringing world-class performances to mid-coast Maine where there are no other serious musical opportunities, they are regularly in schools, rest homes and with veterans' groups, in pursuit of theeir mission to expand the reach of music. My particular admiration for them is that they also teach--even those of us who come much too late in life to hope for real success, but who have always dreamt of playing.

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