Friends Of The Daponte String Quartet

Rating: 4.96 stars   49 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

PO Box 401 Demariscotta ME 04543 USA

Mission:

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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  

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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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

I began to attend concerts when the DaPonte String Quartet first came to Maine in 1995 on a rural Residency Grant from the NEA and Chamber Music America. For a musical neophyte, it was thrilling to have this opportunity to hear such exquisite music played so well. The Quartet has an extraordinarily full schedule of concerts, teaching, coaching, and playing in schools and retirement communities, all of which have enriched many lives immeasurably.

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

The Quartet's extensive repertoire has opened up a whole new world of music for me. Also, soon after their arrival in mid-coast Maine, I began having violin lessons with one of the members and also began playing in a community string orchestra which he conducts.

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

Finding ways to help the DaPonte String Quartet become more financially secure will help ensure their being able to bring some of the world's greatest music to an ever broadening audience.

 
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