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Grammy Nominee Composer’s Concert Benefits the Children’s Art Foundation


By Hannah McCurley

Grammy nominee and San Miguel de Allende resident Michael Hoppe performs live once per year to benefit local NGO, the Children’s Art Foundation (CAF). This year, his annual fundraising concert took place February 20 to a sold-out Teatro Ángela Peralta, when Hoppe and his accomplished musicians performed new and favorite songs—including selections from his latest CD, Amistad.

The concert also celebrated Toller Cranston, said Hoppe, who described Cranston as the larger-than-life artist and Canadian Olympian who spirited away Michael and wife, Monica, from Portland, Oregon, 10 years ago.

All proceeds from the concert go benefit the San Miguel-based CAF, which hires local art teachers to teach painting and other forms of self-expression to less-privileged children in the campo.

Donnie Masterton, owner of one of San Miguel’s most esteemed establishments, The Restaurant, donated 23,000 pesos to the CAF by committing a portion of February’s Sunday restaurant proceeds.

All the funds are directed to the foundation’s “Literacy through Art” program, run by local artists and teachers. For more information about this program, email or go to the website,

The Children’s Art Foundation is celebrating its tenth birthday. The foundation, a proud partner of Amistad Canada and the San Miguel Community Foundation, has established its artistic roots with children in several outlying communities around San Miguel.


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