Bonifantes Boys' Choir
The event of the year for AIWM will be the five day visit to Farmington by the Bonifantes Boys Choir from The Czech Republic February 24-28 to be climaxed by a concert at Nordica on Friday the 28th at 7:30. Tickets will be $15 and can be purchased in advance. This charismatic group of 32 boys aged 10-16 from the Pardubice School of Arts has a world-wide reputation. Their visit to Farmington and Bethel will be at the beginning of an extended tour of the U.S. and Canada that will be taking them from Montreal through Boston, Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul
While in Western Maine, the group will be performing also in Bethel at Telstar High School on Tuesday evening Feb. 25, sponsored by the Mahoosuc Arts Council, will be doing school programs in Farmington, Bethel, Kingfield and Strong, and will be hosted for musical meals at UMF, Old South Church and the Homestead Bakery and Restaurant. They will be staying at the Wilson Lake Inn in Wilton for three nights, will be hosted in Farmington homes for two, and will be experiencing social and recreational opportunities here.
The Bonifantes Boys Choir has toured and performed at choral festivals throughout Europe, and even has been involved opera performances and a movie on Napoleon, and this past summer they visited Thailand. They last visited the United States in 2006, and during this year’s American tour will be highlighted at several Czech-oriented events including a NHL hockey game in New Jersey and a Dvorak celebration in Minnesota. Farmington has become home for this part of their tour because of the friendship between their director, Jan Misek and Farmington’s Bruce McInnes, the director of the UMF-Community Chorus and choir director at Old South Church. It will be a rare opportunity to hear and host a top-level musical group and to experience the awesome best of the long European choral tradition.