About Us

Our Mission

Welcome to "If Music Be the Food..."!

"If Music Be the Food..." is a series of benefit concerts which raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Our mission also includes teaching music students about the importance of community service via their art. Each concert is a fully grass-roots community event involving professionals, students, and local volunteers in joyful collaboration. We are striving to address nourishment in all of its forms; our bodies need it in the form of food and our souls need it in the form of music and community!

"If Music Be the Food..." is a completely volunteer endeavor. All of the musicians donate their services, the venues donate the space and print the programs free of charge, and the community, students, and local volunteers assist with publicity, stage management, and anything else that needs to happen for each concert. There is no fixed price for admission, rather, the audience is invited to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations of any amount for the partnering food bank. IMBTF is not a 501c3; the only money exchanging hands goes directly to the partnering food bank.

Founded in 2009 by violist Carol Rodland in Rochester, NY, IMBTF has become a national musicians' movement, with wonderful artists across the country creating projects based upon this idea in their own communities. The complete Shakespeare quote from Twelfth Night captures fully the IMBTF ethos: "If music be the food of love, play on!" Music, food, love...it is all here in what we are doing together with each IMBTF concert.

Below is a listing of current "If Music Be the Food..." series, each with its own Artistic Director and its own partnering food bank. By sharing this simple web site and committing to a 100% volunteer operation, we can ensure that all monies and food items gathered go directly to our neighbors in the community who are struggling with food insecurity. IMBTF teaches us that by coming together in joyful generosity to share our resources, talents, and time, we can truly make a difference in our communities.

Food insecurity is an ongoing problem for so many people in our country. Please be in touch if you wish to help with future concerts, or if you wish to start a branch of IMBTF in your own community. You can email Carol Rodland directly at: rodlandce@aol.com to discuss how you can help.

Concerts

  • Rochester Series

    Mimi Hwang, Artistic Director

    Robert Poovey and Peter DuBois, Administrative Liaisons

    Mark Dwyer, Foodlink Liaison

    Suggested admission to all concerts: monetary donations of any amount and non-perishable food items for Foodlink.

  • Season 10

  • Concert 1

    October 28, 2018 / 7:30 PM

    Program includes: Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano and the Ying Quartet with Mimi Hwang, cello, and Carol Rodland, viola

    St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) Rochester, NY 14607

  • Concert 2

    January 27, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Program includes: Jan Opalach, bass-baritone, Peter Dubois, organ, the Amenda Quartet

    Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street (at East Avenue) Rochester, NY 14607

  • Concert 3

    April 28, 2019 / 7:30 PM

    Program includes: Mozart Horn Quintet with Peter Kurau, Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, and the Arensky Piano Trio with Elinor Freer, piano; Shannon Nance, violin; Mimi Hwang, cello

    St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) Rochester, NY 14607

  • New York City Series

    Carol Rodland, Artistic Director

    Michael Yuge, Host and Executive Director of the Tenri Cultural Institute

    Gabrielle Mizrahi, City Harvest Liaison

    All concerts take place at the Tenri Cultural Institute: 43A West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

    Suggested admission to all concerts: monetary donations of any amount or non-perishable food items for City Harvest. Donations can be made online at any time through http://fundraise.cityharvest.org/goto/IfMusicBetheFoodNYC or may be brought directly to the concert.

  • Concert 1

    September 16, 2018 / 4 PM

    The Neubauer-McDermott Family (Kerry McDermott, Violin, member of the New York Philharmonic; Paul Neubauer, Viola, member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Juilliard faculty; their children Oliver and Clara Neubauer, Violins; assisted by Jun Cho, Piano) performing works of Bach, Bartok, O’Connor, Sarasate, Dancla, and Dobon

    Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor (Eastman School of Music Faculty and Metropolitan Opera soloist); Warren Jones, Piano (Manhattan School of Music Faculty); Carol Rodland, Viola performing Frank Bridge’s Three Songs for Tenor, Viola, and Piano

    New Amsterdam Consort (Seula Lee and Rachell Wong, violins, Stephen Goist and Andrew Gonzalez, violas, Keiran Cambell, cello, and Robert Warner, harpsichord) performing works of Heinrich Biber and Georg Muffat

    Tenri Cultural Institute

  • Concert 2

    February 17, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program includes selections curated by Cynthia Roberts, Baroque Violin and Juilliard faculty member, performing with students from Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program as well as Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, opus 36, performed by Juilliard faculty members Catherine Cho, violin; Natasha Brofsky, cello; Carol Rodland, viola and Juilliard Students

    Tenri Cultural Institute

  • Concert 3

    March 24, 2019 / 4 PM

    Carol Rodland, viola and Tatevik Mokatsian, piano (Professor of Piano Chamber Music at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Saarbruecken, Germany) performing works of George Rochberg, Tigran Mansurian, and Songs of Cole Porter arranged by Kenji Bunch

    Tenri Cultural Institute

  • Tampa Series

    Scott Kluksdahl, Artistic Director

    Tom Safko, Tampa Bay Harvest, President

    "If Music Be The Food..." is a collaboration between the Tampa Bay’s local arts institutions, the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, and the Tampa Bay Harvest, in response to reports in the news of increased need for food aid the Tampa Bay community. This is a classical chamber music outreach, arranged by cellist and USF music professor Scott Kluksdahl, that unites artist-musicians of various metropolitan institutions including University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, The Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Opera Tampa, and other Tampa Bay artistic institutions, plus distinguished national guest artists - all of whom join together and donate their services for these concerts. Likewise, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church is donating its facilities and resources for this outreach. Audience members are asked to bring whatever non-perishable food items or cash donations they can offer for Tampa Bay Harvest as the price of admission, if they are able – and otherwise just their presence and support. Every contribution will gratefully be accepted. Every food donation and every cash donation will go completely towards the cause of hunger in the Tampa Bay community. There are no overhead expenses; there are no transactions. This is grass-roots!


    The mission of “If Music Be the Food…” is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in our community through chamber music performances of the highest caliber. "If Music Be the Food..." is part of a national movement within our own community of other prominent institutions in the United States inspired by the Rochester-based initiative. For more information, email snkluksdahl@aol.com or call (813) 727-2522.

  • Concert

    January 20, 2019 / 6 PM

    Program will include Albinoni Adagio for Organ and Strings and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 5

    Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church 3501 W. San Jose Street, Tampa, FL 33629

  • Tucson Series

    Candice Amato, Artistic Director

    Musicians from major performing arts organizations in Tucson, Arizona, come together at these concerts to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 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.

  • Dickinson Series

    Kelsey K. Rogers, Artistic Director

    Please welcome another addition to the IMBTF concert series in Dickinson, North Dakota. Contact Kelsey Rogers for further information at kelseykrogers@gmail.com.


    The first concert of this series was a great success, you can read more about it here.

  • Baltimore Series

    Lior Willinger, Artistic Director

    Beverly Wu, General Manager

    IMBTF Baltimore began its series in 2016. All concerts benefit the Maryland Food Bank. For more information, email ifmusicbethefoodbaltimore@gmail.com.

  • Gettysburg Series

    Adam Cordle, Artistic Director

    All concerts will benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. For more information, email acordle@gettysburg.edu.

  • Concert 1

    October 28, 2018 / 4 PM

    Beethoven, Trio in E-flat Major, op. 87; Leo Goubet-McCall & Ayaka Sato, violins; Paige Kriel, viola

    Corigliano, 3 Irish Folksong Settings; Hannah Kolarik, voice & Rose Martus, flute

    Mahler, Piano Quartet in A Minor, Mozart, Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478; Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin; Adam Paul Cordle, viola; Sam DeCaprio, cello; Edith Widayani, piano

    Prince of Peace Episcopal Church 20 W High St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert 2

    February 03, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program TBD.

    United Lutheran Seminary Chapel, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Concert 3

    April 28, 2019 / 4 PM

    Program TBD.

    Trinity United Church of Christ, Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Series

    Sasha Ferreira, Artistic Director

    For more information, call 601-467-4347 or email sashaferreira@gmail.com.

  • Boulder Series

    Harumi Rhodes, Artistic Director

    Ejaye Gilbert, Volunteer Manager (she will attend and speak at the concert on Oct 1!)

    For more information, email harumirhodes@gmail.com.

  • Syracuse Series

    Lucas Button, Artistic Director

    Suggested admission: monetary donations of any amount and non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Central New York.

    For more information, email button.lucas@gmail.com.

  • September 23, 2018 / 2:30 PM

    Program will include selections performed by the trombone quartet “Brass Act” (Steve Button, Clifford Crain, David DiGennaro, Robert Enslin) as well as the Arensky two-cello quartet performed by Lucas Button and Thapelo Masita, cellists, Sergio Munoz, violist, and Rebecca Nelson, violinist

    Park Central Presbyterian Church 504 East Fayette St Syracuse, NY 13202