Amount granted: $15,000
Grant year: 2019
Grant category: Visual Arts and Music
To disseminate and distribute the recording of the opera, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
In collaboration with the Boston Children’s Chorus, Odyssey Opera and Opera San Antonio, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) produced a concert performance of the acclaimed opera Fantastic Mr. Fox by Tobias Picker.
The 2014 concert production was not only an artistic success, but a remarkably effective outreach event for young listeners. Following the performance, BMOP spent three days recording Fantastic Mr. Fox at the WGBH studios in Boston. Commercial release of this recording on its record label BMOP/sound is scheduled for March of 2019.
The BMOP/sound release will be the only commercially available recording of the full orchestra version of Fantastic Mr. Fox. This CD will make Tobias Picker’s rendering of Roald Dahl’s classic story accessible to a wide, international, all-ages audience. Such accessibility will continue the much-needed work of fostering new, young audiences for opera and contemporary music that began with its 2014 performance.
Amount granted: $25,000
Grant year: 2019
Grant category: Historic Preservation
To support the roof restoration of the 1889 Depot in Greenville, Maine.
The Depot, located on Route 15, a Maine Scenic Byway, is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. When renovations are complete, it will serve as the western gateway to the Moosehead Lake Region and provide significant cultural enhancement for the community which will help attract visitors and, ultimately, foster population growth and economic prosperity in the region. It will also serve as a multi-use facility, a railroad museum and art gallery and as a community function room for the Moosehead Lake Region.