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Review for Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, Orwigsburg, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My introduction to the Ensemble in 1993 has led to an ever-deepening appreciation of the quality of the music of this extraordinarily talented group. It is unusual to find this level of musicality and passionate performance anywhere, let alone in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. The group's eclectic repertoire has sometimes challenged me to listen to music(not just theirs) in new ways and has, at other times, transported me completely with an interpretation of a piece I (thought I) already knew but whose depth I had never truly realized. The concerts (usually 4 or 5 per season) are very affordable and there is usually a post-concert reception when the audience can interact with the very approachable artists. A real gem!

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

Chamber music concerts, community and fund-raising events.

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

Increase its board members' willingness to take some risks with the choice of music it tends to support in its season programs (challenge its audience's "ears" just a bit more)

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

The quality of the "product" - the music. The quality of the people associated with the organization (artists, board of directors, contributors, audience)

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

From diverse backgrounds, professions and interests. They were energetic, involved, connected to their community, interesting.

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

Fund an endowment which could help assure the survival and development of classical and chamber music as an art form in the NE PA region

Ways to make it better...

The audience for chamber music were larger and more developed in its willingness to hear different styles of the music.

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

The low overall number of people who have been exposed to either classical or chamber music forms. The low exposure/recognition profile of the organization within its own county/region.

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

It is amazing that an organization with this type of mission (the development and perpetuation of professional chamber music in the Schuylkill County area of Pennsylvania) survives and is operating in the current economic climate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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Role:  Donor & I recieved the gift of music and reciprocated by contributing to the organization.