About Us

Our Mission

“If Music Be the Food…” is a benefit concert series created by Carol Rodland in 2009. The mission of the series is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the community through classical music performances of the highest caliber and to teach music students the importance of utilizing their art as a powerful vehicle for change. Members of the Eastman 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 this endeavor volunteer their services and pay their own costs, so that all proceeds can go directly to the hungry via Rochester’s Foodlink. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are invited to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for 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 free of charge.

Cellist Scott Kluksdahl has now launched an “If Music Be the Food…” series in Tampa, Florida, and violist Kim Kashkashian’s “Music for Food” initiative in Boston is also based on this concept. There is also a series being created now in New Haven, Connecticut. We encourage as many people as possible to create series based on this model in their own communities, as the issue of hunger continues to grow exponentially.

Concerts

  • Rochester Series

    Carol Rodland, Artistic Director and Robert Poovey, Administrative Liason

    The following events are part of the "If Music Be the Food.." concert series in Rochester, NY. All the musicians donate their services and the audience, rather than purchasing tickets, must bring a food item or donation for Rochester's Foodlink (local food bank). The performers include professionals from the Eastman faculty, the Rochester Philharmonic and some special out of town guests, as well as "rising star" students in collaboration.

  • October 13, 2013 / 7:30 PM

    Featuring performances by Prof. Richard Killmer and the Eastman Oboe Ensemble; Eastman singers performing works of Verdi as organized by Prof. Katherine Ciesinski; and Mozart’s C Major Viola Quintet, featuring Eastman’s newest String Faculty member, violinist Renee Jolles, as well as cellist Mimi Hwang, violist Carol Rodland, and Eastman students.

    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY

  • January 26, 2014 / 7:30 PM

    Featuring Prof. Jan Opalach, bass-baritone with Peter DuBois, organist, as well as Eastman students; Eastman Percussion Ensemble led by Prof. Michael Burritt with special guest artist Robyn Schulkowsky (coming to us from Berlin, Germany!); and Prof. Scott Kluksdahl, cellist and Artistic Director of IMBTF Tampa with violist Carol Rodland

    Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY

  • Telemann, Bartok, and percussion improvisations

    January 26, 2014 / 7:30

    “If Music Be the Food” benefit concert at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester. Works of Telemann, Bartok, and percussion improvisations featuring guest artist Robyn Schulkowsky and the Eastman Percussion Ensemble with Michael Burritt

    Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY

  • May 09, 2014 / 7:30 PM

    Featuring Prof. Kathleen Bride, harp with Robert Poovey, organ; the Ying Quartet, guest artists, and Eastman students

    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY

  • Tampa Series

    Scott Kluksdahl, Artistic Director

    The following events are part of the "If Music Be the Food.." concert series in Tampa, FL, and will benefit Tampa Bay Harvest. All concerts will take place at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL. Call 727-538-7777 for more information.

  • Brandenburg Concertos

    November 24, 2013 / 2 PM

    Featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti No. 1 and No. 6

    Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL.

  • All Brahms

    February 09, 2014 / 2 PM

    Featuring Brahms’ Clarinet Trio and Liebeslieder Waltzes

    Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL.

  • Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

    June 01, 2014 / 2 PM

    Featuring members of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra performing various chamber works

    Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL.

  • Boston Series

    Music for Food is a Boston-based musicians’ initiative for hunger relief. Each Music for Food benefit concert brings gifted young artists and internationally celebrated musicians together to inspire audiences to pass on the musical gift they receive.

    http://www.musicforfoodboston.org