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  

The DaPonte String Quartet is a world-class clssical music ensemble that -- amazingly enough -- chose some time ago to live and work in Maine. It's not that life has been easy for them, but, having made this somewhat-odd choice, they are living for their music. They rehearse for three hours every weekday. When outside guest artists come to perform with them, they can't believe what a luxury it is to have this kind of intensive rehearsal, where , by working literally note by note, the four musicians make magic happen. And meanwhile, they teach, do master classes, concerts, and many other acts of generosity. Those of us who live in Maine have no idea how lucky we are to have them live among us.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte String Quartet is giving three performances this weekend, in three locations in Maine. Last night, in Newcastle, they played quartets by Webern, Schubert and Beethoven -- three very different composers -- performed with musical insight and technical precision. They received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience. Members of the Quartet teach privately, perform in schools free of charge, and one violinist conducts a community orchestra. They are an integral resource to an area of Maine that is culturally rich during summer months, and much less so during the winter.

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

I attend as many concerts as possible and have visited schools where they performed for kids free of charge

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

ensure that they are financially stable enough to enable them to make more music available to a very appreciative community, adults and children

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The DaPonte is a world-class string quartet, and we are unbelievably lucky to have it here in the mid-coast region. The musicians bring passion, expertise, intellectual rigor, and a lively sense of programming to their offerings, whether Beethoven, a contemporary work, or the lives of the Mendelssohns.

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The DaPonte musicians have given a sense of beauty, peace, solace, joy.

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

I would make the music available to younger people, especially in schools.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For twenty years the Daponte String Quartet has brought the enjoyment of classical music to the Maine midcoast region., not only through its concerts, but also through its many workshops and demonstrations in the public schools in the area.
Every year accomplished high school students spend a week-end at Camp Kiev in Waldoboro. Me receiving free coaching in chamber music. In addition, the quartet brings its music to retirement homes and veterans' groups.
The Daponte players make a wonderful addition to the cultural life of this state.

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

learning more about music in the pre-concert lectures.

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

add a manager if finances permit.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I try to learn all I can about music as an aspiring pianist so I particularly enjoy hearing the DaPonte when joined by a pianist. Whenever they play they make their love and knowledge of the music so obvious and I particularly appreciate the often humorous but always insightful stories of the music they are about to play

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I worked hard when they first started playing in South Bristol installing the stage in the Union Church for their performances and then taking it down.

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

Play more often in South Bristol

 
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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?

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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.

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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  

The DaPonte String Quartet has been bringing beautiful music in the highest quality performannce to the people ofthe many small towns in Midcoast Maine, who might otherwise never hear this great music . They immeasurably enrich the lives of their concert audiences, and young and old people in schools and institutions. Doris Balant

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

I've seen the growing interest in fine music in young people.

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

They are a fine organization- no suggestions for change

 
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