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If Music Be the Food…

On Monday, October 14th at 7:00 pm, St. John’s will host the first concert in an exciting series called “If Music Be the Food…” The performers donate their time and talent, St. John’s donates its beautiful acoustic space, and the audience brings as “admission” a non-perishable food item or money to help the hungry through Capital Area Food Bank.  (You can also make a donation online here.) At this kick-off concert, faculty and students from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) present a program of diverse music on our Berghaus organ! 

We hope to attract a large crowd to support these wonderful musicians and make a difference in our community; please join us! 

Look for an additional concert at St. John’s this spring; we plan to use this year as a trial, and eventually expand the series to include partnering venues and a variety of instrumentalists and groups.

“If Music Be the Food…” is a series of benefit concerts which raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Each concert is a fully grass-roots community event involving professionals, students, and local volunteers in joyful collaboration. We are striving to address nourishment in all of its forms; our bodies need it in the form of food and our souls need it in the form of music and community! “If Music Be the Food…” (IMBTF) is a completely volunteer endeavor. All of the musicians donate their services, the venues donate the space and print the programs free of charge, and the community, students, and local volunteers assist with publicity, stage management, and anything else that needs to happen for each concert. There is no fixed price for admission, rather, the audience is invited to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations of any amount for the partnering food bank. 

Founded in 2009 by violist Carol Rodland in Rochester, NY, IMBTF has become a national musicians’ movement, with wonderful artists across the country creating projects based upon this idea in their own communities. The complete Shakespeare quote from Twelfth Night captures fully the IMBTF ethos: “If music be the food of love, play on!” Music, food, love… it is all here in what we are doing together with each IMBTF concert.