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Bowdoin Receives Grant from Hannaford Charitable Foundation Toward Recital Hall Project

Story posted November 28, 2005

Rendering by William Rawn Associates.

Bowdoin College has received a $100,000 grant from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation toward the construction of a new recital hall on campus.

The project involves renovating the Curtis Pool building (McKim, Mead & White, 1928), located in the center of campus, into a 290-seat, state-of-the-art facility for small- and medium-sized musical performances. Construction began in September 2005 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2007.

"The Hannaford Charitable Foundation is pleased to lend its support to the Bowdoin College recital hall project," said Brad Wise, Chairman of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation.

"Hannaford has been an active supporter of midcoast Maine community enhancement efforts for many years. We are pleased to have our name associated with Bowdoin College's plans to expand its cultural outreach."

The construction of a new recital hall at Bowdoin addresses a variety of needs for both the College and the midcoast and southern Maine communities.

One of Bowdoin's long-term goals is to fortify its programs in the performing arts, and to attract more students to the College who wish to major in music, take music courses, and take part in musical performances.

In addition, the new recital hall will serve as a much-needed cultural venue for a variety of musical performances that are open to public, and serve such organizations as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, which is in residence on the Bowdoin campus each summer.

"We are grateful for the Hannaford Charitable Foundation's very generous grant toward this important project," said Bowdoin President Barry Mills.

"In recent years, Bowdoin has renovated Pickard Theater and built Wish Theater, and the long-awaited renovation of the Walker Art Building is currently underway. These projects have generated renewed interest and support for the performing and visual arts at Bowdoin and have enhanced our ability to attract and retain students and faculty with these talents and interests. The addition of a world-class recital hall will create a new level of support for musical study and performance for our students and for our community, for many years to come."

The new recital hall will include a sizable rehearsal room behind the stage, nine practice rooms, a lobby and box office, a service area for receptions, performers' dressing rooms and restrooms, and a Green Room. Additional features include raked auditorium seating, exceptional acoustics, upgraded technical capabilities, and a stage designed to accommodate different performance configurations and types of musical programs, including classical, jazz, electronic, and world music.

The project's architect is William Rawn Associates, who designed the highly acclaimed Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Larry Kirkegaard of Kirkegaard Associates and Theater Projects is advising on acoustics and other sound issues. The contractor is HP Cummings Construction Company of Winthrop, Maine.

For more information and updates on the recital hall's construction, visit the Bowdoin College campus construction Web site.

The Hannaford Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 as part of a charitable giving program to provide financial support to non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the communities in which Hannaford operates. In 2004, the Foundation contributed over $1,400,000 to 126 organizations across its five-state marketing area.

Hannaford Bros. Co., based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 145 supermarkets and food and drug combination stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. These stores operate under the Hannaford Supermarket and Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy names. Hannaford employs more than 24,000 associates. The company is owned by Delhaize Group of Brussels, Belgium. Additional information about the company can be found at

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