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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Even though I am a total non-musician, I thoroughly agree with "Musiclover" who wrote that there seems to be "a magical coalescing of the minds and skills of these four, [such that they create] a single extraordinary instrument, the DaPonteString Quartet". I have had the pleasure of knowing two of the members -- off and on, since 1982 -- and it doesn't surprise me a bit that they have achieved what they have achieved -- as professionals and as simply wonderful warm human beings. These latter traits come through in their superb pre-concert talks and at the receptions afterward. I come from out-of-state but from the commentary I totally agree that residents of rural Maine are lucky to have these four extraordinary public-spirited musicians/teachers in their midst.

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

attending concerts when I can, enjoying informal contact with one or more of the members, and keeping in touch with a Board member.

Ways to make it better...

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

recruit for the Board a (retired) experienced fund-raiser who in turn would help recruit/mentor a talented Executive Director. Agreeing with "mezzo", I would hope the Board would press hard to secure health insurance at reasonable cost for the musicians (if it has not done so already).

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Through one of its members.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

Heard this quartet , and had a chance to get to know its musicians
when they visited the West coast.

Music: absolutely superlative. The musicians: four extraordinary people. Impressive and delightful, in so many different ways.

I wonder if the level of music they make comes a
magical coalescing
of the minds and skills of these four, so that they become a single extraordinary instrument, the DaPonteString Quartet. It seems to me that this quartet could, if it wanted to, and with appropriate management, take its rightful place in the much larger musical world.

But it also seems that these four are dedicating their lives to providing
un-canned music and string-instrument education to the adults
and children of Maine. Other parts of our country should be so lucky.




The Great!

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

Hearing the quartet play and spending an evening with the musicians

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes. Just clone this organization, and reproduce its concept all over our country.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

My wife and I have attended performances by the DaPonte String Quartet for a number of years and in all the venues in which they have performed, and we have been delighted with their musicianship and their skill in playing the music they have chosen. We have seen personnel changes over time, but the group keeps getting better. We particularly like the way the two violinists, Ferdinand Liva and Lydia Forbes, trade places to avoid the trap of one of them always being the "first" violin. We are also partial to the comments on the piece the quartet is about to perform, especially when Myles Jordan speaks: he has a profound sense of humor. Inspired by these comments, we have made a point of trying to attend the discussions an hour prior to each concert. What I have not said in this "review" is that all four members of the quartet are outstanding musicians and that their performances are absolutely superb. As elderlies with long experience in concert-going, we have heard many performances of much of the music the DaPonte chooses to perform, and we are always absolutely delighted with their readings, their interpretation, and their ability to come together as an ensemble to create a superb performance.

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

Attending DaPonte concerts in Newcastle, Portland, and other venues in Maine. Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to attend the summer concerts in Boothbay, Maine.

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

I wouldn't do a thing. The two new members of the group, violinist Lydia Forbes and violist Kirsten Monke, have fitted in quite perfectly, and I'm delighted to hear that they are getting ready to record again.

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

The DaPonte musicians and the music they bring to our part of Maine contribute immeasurably to what makes this such a good place to live. Anyone who cares about a rich musical life knows that we would be impoverished without them.

The Great!

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

I've attended their concerts regularly in the mid-coast area, where I live (New Harbor).

Ways to make it better...

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

I would give them more financial support to ensure their programs of concerts and allow them to expand into the larger public to do more for music education for everyone.

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

We are so blessed to have The Daponte String Quartet in our area. They are extremely talented and bring so much musical joy to this area, both to adults and children. They are an inspiration to all of us. Their concerts are phenomenal and they touch the lives of many!

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

I've attended many of their concerts and my son participates in a community orchestra directed by a member of the DSQ

Ways to make it better...

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

None

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Since the Daponte Quartet first came to Maine, my friends and i have enjoyed attending their marvelous concerts. From the great lawn of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to the quaint pews of the Old Walpole Meeting House, whatever the venue, listening to their music is always a joy.

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

Attending concerts

Ways to make it better...

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

not a thing

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Thank you for all the joy that your music brings to the hearts of it"s listners!!!

The Great!

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

the music speaks to the soul

Ways to make it better...

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

schedule more performances

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have been an admirer of Kirsten Monke for over a decade. I have followed her career from her illustrious time with the Santa Barbara Orchestra and Santa Barbara Symphony to her time now with the DaPonte String Quartet. To say she is a first class Chamber musician is an understatement. She is a solid professional, respected by her peers. To do what she has done, and bring such vital music to Maine is heroic. Please give your support to this important musical initiative!

The Great!

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

listening to them.

Ways to make it better...

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

ask that they perform more often!

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

More young musician programs in the schools.

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