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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

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

For the past 20 years, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE) has provided the highest quality and the most enjoyable musical experiences to rural Schuylkill County, PA. GCE also provides awards to County graduating high school seniors, scholarships to summer music camp, outreach programs to schools. The fund-raisers and special events are great fun!

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enjoying wonderful concerts, seeing an increasing interest in chamber music, helping to support the GCE

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

Making new friends, the wonder of hearing live music, sense of accomplishment in helping the GCE

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

have a substantial endowment fund, support music programs in schools, have more community outreach programs, endow lessons for stringed instrument players (no school in County has this)etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

I have been involved with this organization for about 10 years, first of all as a spectator and now as a board member. Each member of the organization (musicians and board members) are committed to providing the local community with exceptional chamber music. Everyone in the organization is very friendly and very easy to work with. I am very happy to be involved with this organization.

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

the friendship I have developed with the members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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