A Musician-led Initiative to fight hunger in our local communities


This page lists all our concerts this season, so you can see the good we do throughout the world. Listings from previous seasons are at the bottom of this page.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N. Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312

Purple Martin String Quartet

Purple Martin String Quartet – A Tallahassee Music for Food Concert

Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima” (1985)
Robert Schumann String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1 (1842)

The magic of chamber music performance continues when Music for Food Tallahassee presents the Purple Martin String Quartet playing quartets by Philip Glass and Robert Schumann. The concert will be at 4 PM on Sunday, July 21 at the beautiful Unitarian Universalist Church on North Meridian Road in Tallahassee.

This concert is the second “Music for Food” Tallahassee event, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our communities. The members of the Purple Martin String Quartet are local professional musicians in our community, performing to raise funds that will go directly to our local food pantry partner, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The musicians are Caroline Holden and Ken Davis on violin, Miriam Tellechea on viola, and Zlatina Staykova on cello.

The Philip Glass String Quartet Number 3 was written in 1985 and was composed as music for Paul Schrader’s film about the life of author, playwright and self-styled, latter-day Samurai, Yukio Mishima. The film, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, uses scenes for quartet shot in monochrome that are used to depict childhood flash-backs. Glass wrote this piece knowing that the string quartet might later be performed separately from the movie and in the concert hall.

Robert Schumann wrote only three quartets which he composed in just two months in 1842 following a period of depression. He often idolized his wife Clara in his works, and these pieces were first performed as a present for her on her 23rd birthday. The Purple Martin String Quartet will play the first of these three quartets. Schumann’s writing is lush and emotional and audience members will find that the music evokes a vocal quality to which they can connect emotionally.

In lieu of an admission fee, audience members are asked to give a donation of any amount or non-perishable food donations. All proceeds benefit our local Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank. Please visit www.fightinghunger.org to learn more.

Monday, July 22, 2019
Mennonite Church of Normal 805 South Cottage Avenue Normal, IL 61761
Illinois Chamber Music Special Concert

Student and Faculty groups at the Illinois Chamber Music Festival perform a Music for Food concert to benefit the Home Sweet Home Bread For Life Co-Op, a locally owned organization that helps families struggling with chronic food security issues.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Kneisel Hall Concert Hall

Musicians from Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Festival and School

Kneisel Hall Concert to Benefit Blue Hill Food Pantry

Musicians from the Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Festival and School will present a concert to benefit the Blue Hill Food Pantry on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 7:30PM in the Kneisel Hall Concert Hall.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall

Eureka Ensemble, Kim Kashkashian, Geneva Lewis, Maria Loudenitch, Tanner Menees, Jing Peng, Andrew Samarasekara, Don Weilerstein, Vivian Weilerstein, Rachel Yi

Eureka Ensemble

Telemann–Concerto for 4 Violins in G major, TWV 40:201
Betty Olivero–“Neharót Neharót”
Luke Hsu–Partita for violin and piano
Telemann–Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9

The Eureka Ensemble opens our 10th season of Music for Food concerts in Boston! Join us for an evening of Telemann concerti, Betty Olivero’s musical testament on war and women’s voices, and the premier of Luke Hsu’s “Partita,” written specifically for Music for Food.

All concert donations will support The Women’s Lunch Place.
Suggested donation: $30+; $10+ (students)

Sunday, December 15, 2019
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall

Phoenix Ensemble, Michael Block, Sandeep Das, Janny Joo


Bach–Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
“Masters of Tradition”–music for cello and tabla
Bach–Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

Our second concert of the season features the Phoenix chamber orchestra performing two Brandenburg Concerti and a cross-genre duo formed by Mike Block and Sandeep Das performing music for tabla (a pair of Indian drums used in Hindustani classical music) and cello (a bowed string instrument used in European classical music).

All concert donations will support The Women’s Lunch Place.
Suggested donation: $30+; $10+ (students)

Sunday, March 1, 2020
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall

Palaver Strings, Triple Helix, Soovin Kim, Ayano Nimomiya

Palaver Strings and Triple Helix

Vivaldi–Four Seasons: “Winter”
Arno Babadganian–Piano Trio
Bright Sheng–Piano Trio
Vivalidi–Four Seasons: “Spring”

Beginning in winter and ending in spring, our March 1st concert presents two piano trios from Armenia and China, respectively, nestled between two of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

All concert donations will support The Women’s Lunch Place.
Suggested donation: $30+; $10+ (students)

Sunday, April 19, 2020
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall

New England Conservatory chamber orchestra, Calvin Chin Martial Arts Academy, Robert Levin, Shuishan Yu

NEC, Tai-Chi, and Robert Levin

Mozart–Piano Concerti
Tai-Chi traditional exhibition performance
Selected Songs from China

Our season 10 finale presents a pair of Mozart Piano Concerti with Robert Levin and New England Conservatory musicians, a Tai-Chi performance,  and a selection of folk songs from China played on Guqin (a plucked string-instrument used in Chinese classical music).

All concert donations will support The Women’s Lunch Place.
Suggested donation: $30+; $10+ (students)

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