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

Concerts

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.

For concerts near you, click on the nearest city:

Appleton, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tallahassee, Washington, D.C.

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

Purple Martin String Quartet

Purple Martin String Quartet – A Tallahassee Music for Food Concert

PROGRAM:
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
Performers
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
Performers

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.

Friday, September 6, 2019. 7:30pm.
Little Theater, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
Performers

Jennet Ingle, oboe, Jason Gresl, clarinet, Deborah Mayer, soprano, Daniel Stein, violin, Rose Wollman, viola, Lara Turner, cello, Paivi Ekroth & Geena Kam, piano

Indiana Music for Food Chamber Music Concert

Debussy–Syrinx
Ivanka Loudova–“Aulos”
Wagner–“Du bist der Lenz” from Die Walküre 
Korngold–“Marietta’s Lied” from Die Tote Stadt
Puccini–“Vissi d’arte” from Tosca
Bernstein–“Dream With Me” from Peter Pan
Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K 478

All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

Sunday, September 8, 2019. 4PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N. Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312
Performers

Corinne Stillwell, Sommer Altier, and Megumi Terry, violins; Zoe Fernandez and Rossana Cauti, viola; Erica Kremer and Riley Beranak, cello.

MFF Tallahassee: Building Bridges

Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1;

Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “The Harp.”

Florida State University professor Corinne Stillwell and advanced FSU students present two of Beethoven’s string quartets at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee. This Music for Food concert benefits Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank.

Please bring cash or check donation made out to “Music for Food.” Non-perishable donations also welcomed.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 . 7:30 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114 Street and Broadway
Performers

Juilliard Quartet: Areta Zhulla and Ronald Copes, violins, Roger Tapping, viola, Astrid Schween, cello

Chamber Music Series at Broadway Presbyterian Church: Juilliard Quartet

Mozart “Hunt” Quartet in B flat Major, K458
Kurtág Six Moments Musicaux. Op. 44
Brahms Quartet in a minor, Op. 51,#2

Concerts benefit Broadway Community

Sunday, October 6, 2019. 7:30PM.
Theodore Parker UU Church, 1859 Centre Street. West Roxbury. MA
Performers

Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, Sammy Andonian, Mari Nagahara, Audrey Chen

Boston Church Concert 1

Trios of Schubert and Villa-Lobos

Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek and Music for Food Boston’s Interns present a concert of piano trios in West Roxbury as the opener to MFF’s church concert series.

Friday, October 11, 2019. 7:30PM
Sol Joseph Recital Hall 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Performers

Dimitri Murrath, viola
Jennifer Culp, cello
Tessa Lark, violin, guest artist
Kexin Ye ’21, violin
Alexandra Simpson ’20, viola
Christine Lee ’20, cello
Chloé Mendola ’21, cello
Jung-eun Kim ’20, piano
Heemin Park ’20, piano

MFF San Francisco. Tessa Lark and SFCM

Joseph Haydn
Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV:25 (“Gypsy”)

Edvard Grieg
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45

Johannes Brahms
String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36

Violinist Tessa Lark will have worked throughout the week with students and faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. Together, they will present a concert of chamber music to support Starcross in northern Sonoma county. Starcross Community delivers food to people in their local community who are unable to make the trip to the store.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 . 7:30 PM
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall . 7:30 PM
Performers

Eureka Ensemble, Kim Kashkashian, Geneva Lewis, Maria Ioudenitch, Jing Peng, Andrew Samarasekara, Don Weilerstein, Vivian Weilerstein, Rachel Yi, Zhanbo Zheng

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, October 27, 2019. 3PM
Rivera Hall. Rivers Conservatory. 331 Winter St, Weston, MA 02493
Performers

Ron Lowry, Cello
Lois Shapiro, Piano

Free Sunday Series | Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Beethoven’s Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano

This first concert of the year at Rivers Conservatory will feature highly-acclaimed chamber musicians Lois Shapiro (piano) and Ron Lowry (cello), as a Music for Food concert to benefit A Place to Turn. The program presents a rare opportunity to hear all five Beethoven cello sonatas in one afternoon. In Shapiro’s words, “Many consider Beethoven to have been a visionary who transformed the way we engage the musical experience. His music inspires us all to take risks and think ‘outside the box’ . . . His five remarkably diverse cello sonatas span his entire compositional output, and thereby afford an extraordinary overview of his evolving compositional process.”

Thursday, November 7, 2019 . 7:30 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th Street and Broadway
Performers

Laurie Smukler and Emily Daggett Smith, violin;
Hannah Burnett, viola;
Natasha Brofsky, cello
Kristina Bachrach, soprano
Qing Jiang, piano

Chamber Music Series at Broadway Presbyterian Church: Schumann, Schumann, and Mendelssohn

Clara Schumann Trio in g minor, Op. 17 and Two Songs
Schoenberg selections from Cabaret Songs (1901)
Mendelssohn Quartet in f minor, Op. 80

Concert benefits Broadway Community

Sunday, November 24, 2019. 7 PM
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
Performers

Jonathan Biss, Roberto Diaz, Kim Kashkashian, and Steven Tenenbaum, and the Vera Quartet

A Celebration of the Viola

Bartok Duos,
Beethoven String Quintet in C major, Op. 29,
Beethoven Piano Sonata (TBD)

Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society
Performers

Peter Wiley, Cello;
David Shifrin, Clarinet;
Anna Polonsky, Piano

PCMS Trios for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Rota: Clarinet Trio
Poulenc: Trio [Arr.]
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s Anna Polonsky, David Shifrin, and Peter Wiley perform trios for clarinet, cello, and piano at the American Philosophical Society. From PCMS:

“The Society is pleased to present these three celebrated musicians in their inaugural season as a trio. Highlighting an outstanding program of works for clarinet trio is a rarely-performed piece by Italian composer Nino Rota. Widely known for scoring films such as The Godfather, Rota also wrote highly sophisticated, inventive chamber music as is evidenced in his richly melodic Clarinet Trio”

Sunday, December 15, 2019 . 7:30 PM
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall
Performers

Phoenix Ensemble, Michael Block, Sandeep Das, Janny Joo

Phoenix

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, December 15, 2019
St Luke's Episcopal Church
Performers

Tempo Giusto Ensemble and Ji Won, Violin

Tempo Giusto Ensemble and Ji Won
Sunday, February 9, 2020 . 3:00 PM
Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd 7420 Fourth Avenue • Brooklyn, NY 11209
Performers

Arte Quartet: Harriet Langley and Amelia Dietrich violins, Emily Liu, viola, Matthew Chen, cello
Catherine Cho, viola
Natasha Brofsky, cello

Music for Food in Bay Ridge: Beethoven and Brahms

Beethoven Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6,
Brahms Sextet in G Major, Op.36

Concert benefits Reaching Out Community Services

Monday, February 2, 2020
College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA
Performers

Marcy Rosen, Daniel Matsukawa, and students at the Curtis Institute of Music

Music for Winds and Strings

Rasmussen Wind quintet and Beethoven Septet for Winds and Strings

Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 7:30PM.
Sol Joseph Recital Hall 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Performers

Ian Swensen, Bonnie Hampton, Weicong Zhang and students of SFCM.

MFF San Francisco. Beethoven Celebration.

Works of Beethoven. TBD

Thursday, February 20, 2020 . 7:30 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114 Street and Broadway
Performers

Deborah Buck, Kristin Lee, Kenneth Renshaw, and Carmit Zori, violin;
Roger Tapping and Carol Rodland, viola;
Natasha Brofsky and Julia Lichten, cello;
Marija Stroke, piano

Chamber Music Series at Broadway Presbyterian Church: Beethoven, Ysaye, and Dvorak

Beethoven “Spring” Sonata in F Major , Op. 24
Ysaye String Trio
Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81

Concert benefits Broadway Community

Sunday, March 1, 2020 . 7:30 PM
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall
Performers

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)

Monday, March 16, 2020. 7:30 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114 Street and Broadway
Performers

AIZURI QUARTET: Miho Saegusa and Emma Frucht, violins; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello

Kim Kashkashian, viola

ARGUS QUARTET: Clara Kim and Giancarlo Latta, violins; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Joann Whang, cello

Aizuri and Argus Quartets

Mozart Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614
Knox Satellites for String Quartet
Mendelssohn Octet for Strings, Op. 20

Celebrating a special collaboration with Music for Food and Concert Artists Guild

Suggested donation at the door: $30/ $10 Seniors/Students
No Ticket Required

Concert benefits Broadway Community

Sunday, March 29, 2020. 7:30 PM.
Theodore Parker UU Church, 1859 Centre Street. West Roxbury. MA
Performers

Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, Mary O’Keefe, Sammy Andonian, Kevonna Shuford, Mari Nagahara

Boston Church Concert 2

Music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Martinů

In MFF Boston’s second church concert, interns join Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek for a diverse program of chamber works.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 . 7:30 PM
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall
Performers

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)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 . 3:00 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114 Street and Broadway
Performers

Mimosa Ensemble
Romie de Guise Langlois, clarinet

Mimosa Ensemble and Romie de Guise Langlois

Copland Clarinet Concerto,
Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5,
Dvorak Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22

Concert benefits Broadway Community

Thursday, May 7, 2020 . 7:30 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114 Street and Broadway
Performers

Daniel Phillips, violin
Natasha Brofsky, cello
Jeffrey Swann, piano
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Abeo Quartet: Ludvig Gudim and Njioma Grevious, violins, James Kang, viola, Drew Cone, cello

Chamber Music Series at Broadway Presbyterian Church: Mozart, Faure, Beethoven, and Schwantner

Mozart Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Faure Fantasie for Flute and Piano
Schwantner Black Anemones for Flute and Piano
Beethoven “Archduke” Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97

Concert benefits Broadway Community

Sunday, May 17, 2020 . 3:00 PM
Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd 7420 Fourth Avenue • Brooklyn, NY 11209
Performers

Students from the Juilliard School
Sposa Quartet: Todd Phillips and Catherine Cho, violins, Roger Tapping viola, Natasha Brofsky, cello

Music for Food in Bay Ridge 5/17/20

Program TBA

Concert benefits Reaching Out Community Services

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