Story posted June 28, 2010
In a prelude to its 46th season, the Bowdoin International Music Festival will present an evening of food, music and auction items Tuesday, June 29, at Moulton Union.
The evening, underwritten by Bath Savings Trust Company, will benefit the Festival's scholarship program for gifted young artists. It will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a live auction led by Mike Fear of Bath's Now You're Cooking.
A list of auction opportunities includes an evening at the Metropolitan Opera in New York followed by an elegant dinner at the Grand Tier restaurant.
Festival founder Lewis Kaplan is auctioning an evening of fine dining, wines and music for six at his home in New York and Maine's award-winning chef and Festival Trustee Sam Hayward of Fore Street restaurant in Portland will prepare dinner for 12 at the winner's home.
In addition, owners of six top-rated restaurants in Brunswick have provided dinners for two, Eric Fullagar of Freeport Cheese and Wine offers a guided tasting tour, and Festival pianist Peter Basquin will perform a private recital. Baseball fans will be delighted by tickets for four to attend Portland Sea Dogs games, which includes premium seats and a private parking space beside Hadlock Field. View a list of auction items.
The benefit dinner, prepared by Dining Service, will finish with a special dessert from Mr. Hayward.
Each year, more than 275 aspiring young musicians from around the world attend the Festival to study under the guidance of faculty. More than 60 percent of these students receive some form of financial assistance. Last year, 50 donors to the student sponsor program provided 66 full-tuition scholarships.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Bowdoin International Music Festival's scholarship program. Tickets to the gala evening cost $125 per person (tax deductible to the extent allowed by law). To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact Christi Razzi, Development Officer, at 373-1440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Festival kicks off its 2010 Season on June 30, following the benefit.
The Bowdoin International Music Festival was founded in 1964 by Lewis Kaplan and the late Robert K. Beckwith of Bowdoin College. The mission of the Bowdoin International Music Festival is to provide gifted young musicians from around the world with an opportunity to study with world-class artists, and to provide Maine audiences with classical music performed to the highest artistic standards. Now in its fifth decade, the Festival has established itself as a vital force throughout the music world.