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Tampa Musicians Come Together for If Music Be the Food Benefit Concert

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On January 20, local musicians from the University of South Florida and other institutions, in collaboration with local volunteer charity Tampa Bay Harvest and Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, will gather for If Music Be The Food, a free concert to raise food supplies for people in need in Tampa Bay.

The local concert is arranged by cellist and USF music professor Scott Kluksdahl. It 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 donate their services for these concerts.

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 benefit concert series founded in 2009 by Carol Rodland in Rochester, NY. If Music Be the Food concerts now exist in cities such as New York City, Boulder, Syracuse, Lansing, and more.

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. Otherwise, the concert hosts ask simply for audience presence and support.  Every contribution will gratefully be accepted and will go completely towards the cause of hunger in the Tampa Bay community.

The concert will be held on Sunday, January 20th at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church is located at 3501 West San Jose Street in South Tampa.


Tampa Bay’s revered conductor Nancy Callahan will perform the fiendishly difficult harpsichord role in Bach’s fifth Brandenburg Concerto, joined by celebrated Florida Orchestra flutist Daphne Sollner, and emerging star violinist Jasmine Painter. Painter and Callahan will also perform the Albinoni Adagio for organ, violin and strings. The USF Presidents Trio will perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2, opus 80 – for violin, cello and piano.