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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer for the DSQ because I want to keep the music alive and flowing. These quartet members are the highest quality musicians and they live in Midcoast Maine and perform here (and around the country) all year long. It is a magical experience to attend one of their concerts. Their knowledge and interpretation of the music is exquisite as are their performances. They are also community-minded and play for school children to encourage them to listen to and possibly play classical music themselves. They have workshops for high school students where they coach them in quartet groups. The all teach students of any age and one of the members conducts two local orchestras who give free performances twice a year and conducts a Portland youth orchestra. I wouldn't miss a chance to hear DSQ perform.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The DaPonte String Quartet is a marvelous combination of professional musicians who love to share classical music with audiences from the general public to school children. They play in our schools to interest our children in music and instruments. They play in retirement centers for those who cannot travel to other venues. They teach private students of all ages and conduct local orchestras. Their repertoire is vast and every series of concerts up and down the midcoast is a different program each time. We are very lucky to have such a professional, community-minded ensemble living in our area and performing year-round. These are four world class musicians who come together to play with unparalleled strength and knowledge of the classics and produce quality, superb, performances.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have enjoyed the DaPonte Quartet for many years, listening to them in Newcastle, South Bristol, Damarascotta, Brunswick, Boothbay Harbor, and Portland Maine. With obvious pride, we have taken visiting guests from San Francisco, Chicago, and New York to their concerts and have watched the wonder on their faces at finding such exquisite music so "far away" from civilization! Their pitch is always perfect and they approach each piece with enthusiasm and love. They love what they do and they love doing it together. And they are extremely generous -- they performed a concert for a medical/health partnership between professionals in Southern Maine and Haiti, Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, which raised almost $5000. They are a part of the fabric of the Southern Maine community and enrich the lives of very many of us. We're blessed with good fortune. Michael & Wendy Taylor

Cynthia Howland

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

One of the joys of living in Coastal Maine is that we have so many chances to enjoy the most beautiful music written for String Quartet, played by extraordinary, dedicated and professional musicians. I very much appreciate the DaPonte String Quartet dedication to educating their audiences with thoughtful and comprehensive notes for every performance, as well as personal introductions for each piece. This "extra" does so much to bring an element of excitement to each concert. The Quartet is also dedicated to bringing this wonderful music to children of all ages and also to the elderly in nursing homes who may not be able to come to the concerts in person. I personally feel very privileged to know these wonderful people, and to volunteer my services to them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DaPonte String Quartet makes dreams come true.
Classical music, chamber music, especially string quartet music have long been very important to me as a listener. For more than fifty years I listened, but also wanted to learn to play the cello so that as an amateur musician I could too make such music. A busy professional career and retirement to rural Maine made that dream seem out of reach until I discovered the presence in mid-coast Maine of the DaPonte String Quartet. Suddenly, although far from cities with arrays of world class music, I found here an extraordinary group of exceptionally well-trained musicians that was intent on playing the world's finest string quartets at the highest level and to do so generously for multiple villages easily accessible to me, and to my amazement a member of the Quartet agreed to take me, a senior citizen novice, as a student..

TheDaPonte String Quartet contributions to this area are many faceted: they play in formal concerts and take mini-performances to village and rural schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities. Through benefit performances they support other non-profit organizations. Members of the Quartet teach students of their instruments, coach amateur chamber musicians, and even serve as conductor of student and amateur orchestras.

The DSQ always gives the highest quality performances. They are known for their impeccable intonation, well-grounded phrasing, and exquisite ensemble sound. Their level of excellence is, of course, partly the result of their great talents and training at top conservatories, but most of all it is due to their sustained intensity of rehearsal and deep attention to understanding the compositions and the composers. Their pre-concert lectures open the way for deeper appreciation of the music and reveal the commitment these musicians give to every work they perform every time. The DSQ has an unusually broad repertoire and offers more than 30 performances over the course of the year in multiple venues in order to be accessible to audiences dispersed over a wide geographic area.
Recognizing the income limits of many who live in this area, the DSQ has kept concert ticket prices at a very modest level.

To sustain their generosity , however, they have had to make personal sacrifice in income and to divert precious time and energy to non-musical tasks. With more support from generous donors, corporate and grant support, the musicians could do more of what they all yearn to do, namely enhance the advancement of their own artistic development for the benefit of all concerned .

These extraordinary musicians deserve wider appreciation and support from those who understand how valuable such artistic endeavors are to our culture and wellbeing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even though I am a total non-musician, I thoroughly agree with "Musiclover" who wrote that there seems to be "a magical coalescing of the minds and skills of these four, [such that they create] a single extraordinary instrument, the DaPonteString Quartet". I have had the pleasure of knowing two of the members -- off and on, since 1982 -- and it doesn't surprise me a bit that they have achieved what they have achieved -- as professionals and as simply wonderful warm human beings. These latter traits come through in their superb pre-concert talks and at the receptions afterward. I come from out-of-state but from the commentary I totally agree that residents of rural Maine are lucky to have these four extraordinary public-spirited musicians/teachers in their midst.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heard this quartet , and had a chance to get to know its musicians
when they visited the West coast.

Music: absolutely superlative. The musicians: four extraordinary people. Impressive and delightful, in so many different ways.

I wonder if the level of music they make comes a magical coalescing
of the minds and skills of these four, so that they become a single extraordinary instrument, the DaPonteString Quartet. It seems to me that this quartet could, if it wanted to, and with appropriate management, take its rightful place in the much larger musical world.

But it also seems that these four are dedicating their lives to providing
un-canned music and string-instrument education to the adults
and children of Maine. Other parts of our country should be so lucky.




General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have attended performances by the DaPonte String Quartet for a number of years and in all the venues in which they have performed, and we have been delighted with their musicianship and their skill in playing the music they have chosen. We have seen personnel changes over time, but the group keeps getting better. We particularly like the way the two violinists, Ferdinand Liva and Lydia Forbes, trade places to avoid the trap of one of them always being the "first" violin. We are also partial to the comments on the piece the quartet is about to perform, especially when Myles Jordan speaks: he has a profound sense of humor. Inspired by these comments, we have made a point of trying to attend the discussions an hour prior to each concert. What I have not said in this "review" is that all four members of the quartet are outstanding musicians and that their performances are absolutely superb. As elderlies with long experience in concert-going, we have heard many performances of much of the music the DaPonte chooses to perform, and we are always absolutely delighted with their readings, their interpretation, and their ability to come together as an ensemble to create a superb performance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DaPonte musicians and the music they bring to our part of Maine contribute immeasurably to what makes this such a good place to live. Anyone who cares about a rich musical life knows that we would be impoverished without them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so blessed to have The Daponte String Quartet in our area. They are extremely talented and bring so much musical joy to this area, both to adults and children. They are an inspiration to all of us. Their concerts are phenomenal and they touch the lives of many!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since the Daponte Quartet first came to Maine, my friends and i have enjoyed attending their marvelous concerts. From the great lawn of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to the quaint pews of the Old Walpole Meeting House, whatever the venue, listening to their music is always a joy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are fortunate to have DSQ in our area. In addition to their incredible performances, they are my childrens teachers(cello & violin), orchestra conductors and models of professional musicians. They enrich our small community not only thru their beautiful performances but also thru their outreach into our childrens schools and their friendship.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all the joy that your music brings to the hearts of it"s listners!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been an admirer of Kirsten Monke for over a decade. I have followed her career from her illustrious time with the Santa Barbara Orchestra and Santa Barbara Symphony to her time now with the DaPonte String Quartet. To say she is a first class Chamber musician is an understatement. She is a solid professional, respected by her peers. To do what she has done, and bring such vital music to Maine is heroic. Please give your support to this important musical initiative!

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