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February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble plays with energy and expressivity which makes for a very satisfying musical experience. They often use a fresh approach to chamber music and create unique programs. They make chamber music accessible to everyone by having a dialog with the audience.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very friendly and welcoming - none of that 'high brow' attitude that is sometimes associated with classical music groups. They even provide home baked refreshments for the audience at every concert!

Ways to make it better...

we could see the musicians better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have been attending Gabrielle Chamber Ensemble concerts and events for a number of years. When I think back to those first few concerts, I remember marveling at the fact that I had experienced such a high caliper of performance here in small town USA. Some people think you can only have such a treat in a large metropolitan area. The members of this chamber orchestra are excellent, passionate, dedicated, musicians. They do more than bring sweet sounds to our ears. They care enough about the music to share their knowledge about composers and the structure of the music with their audiences making for a well rounded musical experience. These four musicians blend very well with each other and with guest musicians. I believe that guests probably jump at the chance to perform with them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Simply put...Listening to them makes me happy! Can anyone really ask for more than that?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble brings the highest standards of musical performance in chamber music and a refined, elegant sense of programming to the area. As I look at the faces of people in the audience I realize that there is nothing like the power of classical music to lighten the burdens a daily life - especially in the current economic slump. Food for the soul, served with wit and flair. Bravo to you all. Cordially, Tony Cecere

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

teach children about the benefits and wonders of chamber music, a pillar of American and European culture

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

This ensemble is a county treasure! The members of the group are top-notch musicians who speak engagingly about the music. The programming themes are always interesting and music chosen is a mix of the familiar and the new. The region is fortunate that such world-class musicians have chosen to make their home here and enrich us with their talent! I was encouraged to see such a substantial attendance at the last performance and each performance seems to draw an increasingly larger audience.

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

performances, most recently and memorably of Vivaldi's Four Seasons on a beautiful fall day in Schuylkill Haven.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its outreach to schools and perform more often.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble has been enriching my life since the early 1990s. And this is from someone who travels to NYC for cultural enrichment (Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic...). There are many elements that make the GCE experience so enjoyable. For one thing, they frequently introduce us to music we're not already familiar with. I love that. In addition, all four musicians are adept at speaking about the music they're going to perform. This can create a handy bridge to the music, and be educational and interesting as well. Essentially, it connects the audience to what we're about to hear, even if we have heard it before. I'll never forget learning from our cellist about the tragic illness in the short life of Franz Schubert that is credited with some of the passionate highs and lows in the beloved Death and the Maiden. Another source of enjoyment in the experience with this ensemble is the evident pleasure they take in performing together. And while there has not been a lot of room for improvement, they have only gotten better as the years go by. Ensemble members are also creative in their approach to performances. For example, earlier this season each of the four poems conveyed in Vivaldi's Four Seasons were read to the audience prior to each movement. I'm a big fan of combining more than one art form in a single showcase. It was enchanting. That we have a chamber music ensemble of this caliber here in Schuylkill County is truly remarkable. We are indeed blessed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...being transported by the music. The programs are selected with excellence, and my cares slip away with the first notes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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