About Us

Our Mission

"If Music Be the Food..." is a benefit concert series created by Carol Rodland in Rochester, New York in 2009. The mission of the series is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the community through the sharing of classical music and to teach music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities. Members of the Eastman School of Music faculty, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, other local professional musicians, distinguished international guests, and Eastman students join together and donate their talents and time for these concerts. All participants in every aspect of the endeavor volunteer their services and pay their own costs, so that all proceeds can go directly to the hungry. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for Rochester’s Foodlink as the price of admission.

Rochester's St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with the assistance of its Director of Music Robert Poovey, hosts two of each season’s three concerts. The remaining concert is hosted by Third Presbyterian Church of Rochester with the help of its Director of Music, Peter DuBois. These two churches generously host these concerts and print the concert programs free of charge.

Cellist Scott Kluksdahl, renowned performer and Professor of Cello at the University of South Florida, began an "If Music Be the Food..." series in Tampa, Florida in 2012 and in 2015 Candice Amato, Eastman alum and member of the Tucson Symphony, launched an "If Music Be the Food..." series in Tucson, Arizona. Organist Peggy Hsiao also presents an annual "Bach's Lunch" "If Music Be the Food..." event at the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, New Jersey and organist Patrick Allen presents "If Music Be the Food..." benefit concerts at Grace Church in New York City. Violist Kim Kashkashian's "Music for Food" initiative in Boston was also inspired by "If Music Be the Food..."

As food insecurity continues to be a serious problem for so many in our country, it is so very important that we donate our time and our talents to aid in the fight against hunger. If you wish to start a branch of "If Music Be the Food..." in your own community, please contact us at rodlandce@aol.com.

Concerts

  • Tucson Series

    Candice Amato, Artistic Director

    Musicians from major performing arts organizations in Tucson, Arizona, come together at these concerts to benefit the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) Food Bank. As with all IMBTF concerts, audience members are asked to bring donations for the food bank as the price of admission. Please call Candice Amato for further information: 520-448-7458.

  • Concert at Rincon UCC

    September 26, 2015 / 7PM

    Brahms' Cello Sonata in E Minor: Anne Gratz, cello and Michael Dauphinais, piano; "Anatolia" for English horn and String Trio, by Tucson-based composer Michael Simmons (premiere): Cat Cantrell, English horn, Joseph Rousos Hammond, violin, Joseph Pagán, viola, and Michael Simmons, cello; Schubert's String Quintet in C Major: Joseph Rousos-Hammond & Klara Wojtkowska, violins, Robert Chamberlain and Michael Simmons, cellos, and Candy Amato, viola

    Rincon United Church of Christ (122 North Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ)