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Music for Food Continues to Fight Hunger in Chicago

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By Mira Luxion

As Thanksgiving approaches and your thoughts turn towards gratitude, Music for Food invites you to transform your reflections into action! The weekend before the holiday, the Spektral Quartet will present a rousing concert benefitting the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry.

Sunday, Nov 22


PianoForte Studios- 1335 S Michigan Ave

Admission: Monetary donation and/or non-perishable food items

Spektral Quartet will present renditions of Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Cage’s Quartet in Four Parts, Prokofiev’s String Quartet No.1, and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge.

Based in Boston, Music for Food was launched by internationally-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian as a community-based initiative to transform talent into real-world hunger relief. Music for Food has provided over 200,000 meals during its six-year tenure, with the goal of addressing the every-day, long-term effects of hunger on children and families. A 2012 USDA report found that 20% of Americans live in food-insecure households, and Music for Food aims to help lower that staggering number.

For MFF’s second Chicago event, concertgoers are offered incentives for giving beyond the suggested $20 donation. Donors at the $50-or-more level will be invited for a drink with the quartet following the concert, and gifts of $100 or more will provide a Thanksgiving basket to a South Loop Pantry client as well as an invitation to post-show cocktails. In order to take advantage of these incentives, please reserve your seat by Nov 18. On concert day, walk-ins will be admitted with any donation.

We hope you will join us!

For concert inquiries, please contact Mira Luxion at

Community Outreach, Music for Social Change

Series Brings Music for Food Initiative to Chicago

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By Mira Luxion

Chicago music lovers, mark your calendars for April 12! The Music for Food initiative will kick off its first Chicago concert with a feast of chamber music works from Austria.

Now in its fifth season, Music for Food seeks to raise awareness and support for Americans facing hunger. With performers and venues donating their efforts, 100% of audience donations benefit local food pantries. In the words of founder Kim Kashkashian, Music for Food also serves artists’ “need to use our training and talents to serve our community.” To date, Music for Food has funded over 150,000 meals.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository reports that one in six residents of Cook County benefits from food assistance. 69% of clients served live in households with incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty line. Furthermore, upwards of two-thirds of GCFD programs have reported increased demand in the last 12 months ( Across Illinois, one in seven people struggle with hunger (

Whatever its amount, your Music for Food donation will directly benefit those in need. The April 12 concert will take place at 5pm in the intimate recital hall of the Pianoforte Studios (1335 S. Michigan Ave). The program will feature Mozart’s G Major duo for violin and viola, and the Andante movement from his Piano Sonata No. 9; a selection of Schubert Lieder for soprano; and Carl Frühling’s lyrical Clarinet Trio in A Minor. Audience members are requested to bring a cash or check donation, or non-perishable food items. All donations will benefit the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Concert Summary:

Sunday, April 12, 5pm

Pianoforte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Ave (

Music of Mozart, Schubert, and Carl Frühling

Please bring a cash or check donation, or non-perishable food items

Music for Food’s Mission Statement

We believe both music and food are essential to human life and growth. Music has the power to call forth the best in human beings and can inspire awareness and action when artists and audiences work together.

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief that sets forth a model applicable in every community. Concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering musicians of all ages who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.

To learn more, or to get involved, visit, or contact

Cellist Mira Luxion is currently a member of the Musicians Club of Women, the Morton Feldman Chamber Players, and faculty at the Musical Offering, the Lycée Français de Chicago, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Mira is thrilled to be involved in bring the mission of Music for Food to her hometown. 

Community Outreach, Ensembles, Music for Social Change

Music for Food Winter Preview

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By Robert Cinnante

Music for Food said goodbye to 2014 with a strong finish, having presented 28 events nationwide to benefit 20 hunger relief organizations, helping to provide more than 50,000 meals to those in need. 2015 kicks off with four events planned over the next month in the Greater Boston area. Here’s a preview of what to expect:

The Suite Sound of Bach

Following his 2006 debut on the Bank of America Marquee Celebrity Series, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe remarked that, “Emmanuel Feldman was superb in the Bach Cello Suites.” On October 26, Feldman commenced a fresh exploration of these works, performing half the cycle on a recital at Tufts University. On Tuesday, January 13 he performs Cello Suites Nos. 3, 5, and 6 as part of his faculty recital, in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. For Feldman, these concerts are an opportunity to further engage with his audience, while helping the Centre Street Pantry in his home community of Newton.

This is Feldman’s second time collaborating with Music for Food. When asked about his continued involvement with the organization, he said, “It’s inspiring to play a concert where everyone attending can feel like they personally made a difference with all donations going to a local charity. This new collaboration with MFF has been one of the most gratifying and empowering moments in my career.”

Check out a clip from Feldman’s last Music for Food collaboration, performing Gershwin’s My Man’s Gone Now:

Rite of Spring Dance Party

On Sunday, January 18, conductor James Balchy, currently the Zander Fellow with the Boston Philharmonic, has assembled an orchestra of leading freelance musicians and music students from throughout the Greater Boston area for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. But unlike any other performance of this sacrificial masterpiece, audience members will be invited to get up out of their seats and dance, taking the phrase “active civic engagement” to a whole new level!

For this concert, Music for Food joins forces with the Boston Philharmonic, Groupmuse, and Sheep Island Ensemble, which Balchy founded back in 2009. Reading through the mission statement of each organization, you’ll find commonality amongst a shared goal of bringing music to the community and the community to music. Thanks to generosity of private donors, a significant portion of proceeds from ticket sales at this concert will benefit The Women’s Lunch Place, a safe, welcoming day community for all self-identified women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.

NEC Series: Mendelssohn & More!
This series, curated by MFF Artistic Director/Founder Kim Kashkashian, brings together faculty, students, and alumni, as well as guest artists, for three concerts this season at New England Conservatory. On Monday, January 26, Kashkashian is joined by violinists Don Weilerstein and Alexi Kenney, cellists Laurence Lesser and Deborah Pae, violist Dimitri Murrath, and pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, for Harbison’s November 19, 1828, and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, op. 18. Also on the program is a relatively unknown work by Grant Beglarian, Of Fables, Foibles, and Fancies, for cello and narrator, performed by Laurence Lesser and NEC President Tony Woodcock.

BU Series

This season, Music for Food kicked off a new series at Boston University, to benefit the university’s own food rescue program. On Thursday, February 5 the series will present its second concert, at the Tsai Performance Center, under the direction of violinist Bayla Keyes. Keeping with Music for Food’s principle of teacher-student collaboration, Keyes will be joined by faculty colleagues Rhonda Rider (cello), Michelle LaCourse (viola), and Robert Merfeld (piano), and students Janny Joo (violin), Ivana Jasova (violin), Hye Min Choi (viola), and Alexis Lee (cello).

To learn more, visit:

Robert Cinnante joined Music for Food in 2013, and is now in his second full season as the organization’s General Manager. He can be reached at