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May 24, 2011

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February 11, 2010

The HBMF concerts have been such treasures to be found in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Over the past several years of attending, have found that the artists and performances have been amazing an... more

May 24, 2011

We have so enjoyed the performances held by The Honest Brook Musical
Festival... in the "barn" during the summer and in private homes over winter. Such lovely surroundings and memorable programs.
They continue their high standard of having such professional and
wonderful artists and
we consider ourselves so fortunate to have
them available in our area.

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

Bringing culture and classical music to our area and so beneficial to so many of our young aspiring musicians.

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

No suggestions.

February 11, 2010

The HBMF concerts have been such treasures to be found in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Over the past several years of attending, have found that the artists and performances have been amazing and look forward to another season. The talent is of the highest caliber and we are fortunate to have the availability of such beauty nearby.

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

The beauty and serenity of the location, the welcoming hosts, and the totally amazing performances. The experience of attending these concerts is prime.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 15, 2010

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March 15, 2010

One of the best experiences in the Catskill Mountains. I have brought friends and relatives to the concerts and they are amazed at the quality of production in such a rural area. The setting is fantastic. We in the Catskills are most fortunate to have The Honest Brook Festival. Not to be missed and important to be supported.

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

the joy of those with me who have attended and have appreciated the performance.

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

friendly and helpful.

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

transform the region into a major cultural center.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 15, 2010

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March 15, 2010

This is my first season of winter concerts and have enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to attending the summer concerts as well. It is nice to have culture close by so that one does not have to travel several hours to hear great music. Michael keep up the good work and the great selection of artists.

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

It is gratifying to sit in a small venue where one can enjoy the artist in an intimate setting. That what these concerts bring together.

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

Everyone is very enthusiastic and very gracious to open their homes for such a first class venue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 15, 2010

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March 15, 2010

Have attended several performances in each of the past few years, and have found their musical choices of performing artists to be consistently of the highest quality. This organization is an artistic gem to be cherished.

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

their choice of superb musical artists. The rustic venue (in an old restored barn) adds a touch of charm you couldn't buy for a million dollars.

Ways to make it better...

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

ask them to offer even more summer concerts. Some of us in this upstate area don't like to travel to their concert venues in winter weather.

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

the intimate relationship of audience to performer.

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

personable and friendly, as well as well informed about the performers.

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

expand the series in number, but should not look for a change in the venue. I would fear that any substantial improvement in the physical quality of their rustic setting might detract from the charm of this series.

Ways to make it better...

they had a somewhat better parking situation. It wold be expensive to improve the grounds for parking, and it would take away some of the rural charm, but it would be more convenient in rainy weather.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budget and the increasing cost of high quality performers - even though they seem to have the kinds of good connections to attract very good artists for the rates they can afford.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We are very lucky to have this organization operating in our area. They represent the best of their type.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 14, 2010

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March 14, 2010

Have been going to the Honest Brook concerts for the past 16 years...The artists presented are some of the finest young artists performing today.We are so lucky to have these concerts performed in a fabulous barn in the summer and in people's homes in the winter...Honest Brook Music Festival enriches the lives of our community.

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

The enthusiasm of the audiences.

Ways to make it better...

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

build a permanent concert hall that could be used both summer and winter.

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

The willingness of the organizers and staff to make the audience comfortable.

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

Thoughtful, helpful, professional and welcoming

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

Build a permanent Concert Hall.

Ways to make it better...

There were more than 7 concerts in a year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding a way to present more artists during the year

One thing I'd also say is that...

It has open admission for youngsters, Grade K-12. This is a great way to build a future audience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

Michael Cannon finds extraordinary musicians for the Honest Brook Concerts. I have heard wonderful music going far beyond the classical top 40 performed by expert if not widely known artists. The winter concerts held in people's home provides an opportunity to meet and get to know others who appreciate fine music. It is a privilege to be involved in even a very small way with this organization.

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

Listening to fine music expertly performed

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more comfortable chairs??

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

see above

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

Super people engaged in a fine mission.

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

Hold more musical events and perhaps sponsor young local musicians

Ways to make it better...

The chairs in the barn were more comfortable

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Living up to the expectations it's created for itself.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have enjoyed every one of the concerts I've attended. The Kelley Snodgrass pre-concert lectures were an extra added attraction. If Kelley could be persuaded to resume them it could only serve to enhance the Honest Brook experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been attending the Honest Brook Music Festival for many years. The muscians are consistantly first rate and the settings, both the barn during the summer and at area homes in the winter are charning and intimate. The ability to be up close to these very talented musicians gives you a fresh appreciation of their musical ability. Coupled with tasty refreshments and a pleasant appreciative audience, this is a venue that is hard to beat.

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

The intimacy of the experience. It is seldom that one gets to enjoy music this way. Being up close to the musicians makes it a more meaningful and enjoyable experience.

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

The volenteers and organisers of the events are always pleasnt and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I split my time between NYC and Delhi and although I attend many concerts in NYC, I find the performances I attend with Honest Brook Music Festival, both in the barn in the summer and peoples' homes in winter to provide an intimacy with both the music and the musicians that the others in larger concert halls do not. Also, it is clear from the consistently high quality of the performers that Michael Cannon puts a lot of thought and care into his selections. I have been attending these concerts for the past 10 years and I have always felt them to be extremely satisfying. It feels that this is the way solo and chamber music was meant to be heard. I am truly grateful for their presence in the Catskills!!

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

the continued care with which people are welcomed,the beauty of the music in fairly small settings and the close contact with the musicians.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I am an amateur pianist and cellist and I love nothing more than hearing chamber music in a intimate and pleasant setting. Honest Brook blows it out of the water. Both the summer barn and the winter private home venues are just great. They have a good variety of wonderful musicians with a great mix of old favorites and unusual programming. There have been some priceless moments over the years like hearing a Brahms trio with the smell and sound of rain in the background with accents of thunder and lightning. It doesn't get any better.

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

seeing members of the community enjoy fine music and have a place to meet others with similar interest in our rural environment. I have a couple of friends who were so excited that they ended up hosting performances.

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

being able to hear such great music in such a great setting with such great hosts and attendees.

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

loving their involvement and injecting that into the whole experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

When we moved from NYC to the Catskills our friends all wondered how we could give up the city's great cultural resources. But thanks to HBMF we haven't had to. The Honest Brook concerts bring us the same quality of music we enjoyed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln center-- at affordable prices and in beautiful venues. We especially enjoy the winter concerts which are presented in people's homes--chamber music as it was truly meant to be heard. Each concert ends with a reception where the musicians and music lovers can meet.

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

We've not only enjoyed every concert but have met new friends through the common love of music.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Hearing world-class music in our very rural area.

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

Passionate and committed to bringing the best musical experience to our area.

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

Host more concerts.i

Ways to make it better...

There were more concerts.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Honest Brook has brought us indescribable pleasure. We feel lucky to have access to such beautiful music so near to our upstate home.

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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