“If Music Be the Food…”
Jan. 20, 2019 at 6pm
“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 in 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.
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.
The featured concert of this annual series will occur on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The program features a diverse array of beloved chamber music, performed by an array of distinguished performers who call Tampa Bay home, and who represent a variety of civic institutions including The Florida Orchestra, University of Tampa, University of South Florida, and others. They include Tampa Bay’s revered Nancy Callahan and The Florida Orchestra’s brilliant flautist Daphne Sollner as soloists.