Musicians unite to benefit Rochester’s Foodlink on October 22

September 26, 2017

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Contact: Mimi Hwang, Artistic Director: 585-615-0033;

“If Music Be the Food…” the chamber music series benefitting Rochester’s Foodlink, will open its ninth season on Sunday, October 22, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) in Rochester. Admission to the concert is non-perishable food items, cash or check donations.

The concert will begin with the Eastman Cello Ensemble performing works of Luca Marenzio and Anne Wilson. Then, Eastman Percussionists will perform Spine by Michael Laurello. Closing the program will be a performance of Erich Korngold’s String Sextet featuring Wendy Sharp and Julie Kim, violins; Marka Gustavsson and Carol Rodland, violas; and Mimi Hwang & Rosemary Elliott, cellos.

The mission of “If Music Be the Food…” is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Eastman faculty and students, members of the Rochester Philharmonic, other local professional musicians and distinguished international guests donate their time and talents. 100% of proceeds go directly to Foodlink. In 2016, IMBTF garnered $4,430 and 846 pounds of food for Foodlink.

IMBTF was founded by former Eastman faculty member, Carol Rodland in 2009, and is now headed by Mimi Hwang, who serves on the faculties of Eastman and Nazareth College. Peter DuBois, Director of Music at Third Presbyterian Church and Robert Poovey, Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church are musical and administrative partners in the series.

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