Friends Of The Daponte String Quartet

Rating: 4.96 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 401 Demariscotta ME 04543 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

We are fortunate to have DSQ in our area. In addition to their incredible performances, they are my childrens teachers(cello & violin), orchestra conductors and models of professional musicians. They enrich our small community not only thru their beautiful performances but also thru their outreach into our childrens schools and their friendship.

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My own performance with them in addition to their being my childrens teachers and role models make them wonderful additions to our small community in rural Maine

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require their board to find a way to get them health insurance at a reasonable rate.

 
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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.

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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet has been bringing high-quality classical music to communities all over the state of Maine for years. They perform in small venues, reach out to their audience by speaking before each piece, and are always available during intermission and after concerts to have personal contact with members of the audience. They perform outreach concerts in public schools throughout the state and provide workshops for interested amateur musicians. They could easily have made the choice to stay in a major East Coast cultural center and advance their personal careers. Instead, they opted courageously to commit to the state of Maine and its residents and to provide the greatest possible number of musical experiences to the broadest possible audience. Their concerts are always of the highest caliber, and their programming encompasses not only the standard string quartet literature but also works by new and emerging composers. They are cultural asset to the state and deserve to be supported to the fullest extent possible.

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

Have performed with the group and also attended concerts and master classes given by them

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

Provide a solid financial base from which to operate, freeing the members of the group to devote their time to their musical pursuits.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet has been bringing high-quality classical music to communities all over the state of Maine for years. They perform in small venues, reach out to their audience by speaking before each piece, and are always available during intermission and after concerts to have personal contact with members of the audience. They perform outreach concerts in public schools throughout the state and provide workshops for interested amateur musicians. They could easily have made the choice to stay in a major East Coast cultural center and advance their personal careers. Instead, they opted courageously to commit to the state of Maine and its residents and to provide the greatest possible number of musical experiences to the broadest possible audience. Their concerts are always of the highest caliber, and their programming encompasses not only the standard string quartet literature but also works by new and emerging composers. They are cultural asset to the state and deserve to be supported to the fullest extent possible.

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

Have performed with the group and also attended concerts and master classes given by them

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

Provide a solid financial base from which to operate, freeing the members of the group to devote their time to their musical pursuits.

 
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