YARMOUTH, Maine — The Davis Family Foundation of Yarmouth has awarded a grant of $8,000 to the Arts Institutute of Western Maine of Farmington and the Mahoosuc Arts Council of Bethel to support the visit of the world renowned Bonifantes Boys Choir to western Maine February 24 to 28. Bonifantes, an extraordinary choir of 32 boys 10-18 from Pardubice, Czech Republic, will be touring the United States and Canada from Feb. 21 through March 21 to perform in numerous cities including Montreal, Boston, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
While in Maine for five nights, they will be giving public concerts at 7:00 at Telstar High School in Bethel on February 25 and at 7:30 at Nordica Auditorium at UMF on Friday February 28, and will be appearing in schools in Bethel, Farmington, Kingfield and Strong.
For this five-day regional visit in these western Maine communities, they will be hosted by the Wilson Lake Inn in Wilton, the University of Maine in Farmington, Gould Academy in Bethel, Old South Church, the Homestead Bakery and Restaurant , Titcomb Mountain, the Narrow Gauge Cinema, and the Mt. Blue Music Boosters, and will spend two nights with families in Farmington.
This extraordinary opportunity for international cultural enrichment is a collaborative project of the Arts Institute of Western Maine, the Mahoosuc Arts Council, and Kingfield Pops to bring a world-class musical group to the Maine Mountain Region for an extended stay of performances, school programs, and experiencing hospitality in the communities of Farmington, Wilton, Bethel , Kingfield and Strong.
The foundation for this visit is the musical friendship between Bruce McInnes, director of the UMF-Community Chorus and the Old South Church Choir, and Jan Misek, the director of the Bonifantes Boys Choir growing out of the meeting of the Bonifantes and Bruce McInnes’ Mastersingers USA in a festival in Barcelona in 2005. Bonifantes had a successful tour of the US and Canada in 2006, and in planning a return visit this year, decided to add western Maine to their tour for an extended stay. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Farmington to welcome this group of charismatic, and highly trained young boys and give them a memorable introduction to the community warmth and spectacular natural setting of Maine.
The Arts Institute, Mahoosuc, and Kingfield Pops wish to express their gratitude to the Davis Family Foundation for so generously supporting this collaborative community arts enrichment effort.
For more information on Bonifantes, visit: www.bonifantes.cz. For information on this upcoming series, please visit: www.artsinstitute.org or www.mahoosucarts.org.
The Arts Institute of Western Maine is an affiliate of the University of Maine Farmington.