‘If Music Be the Food’ recital to benefit food pantry

This February’s “If Music Be the Food” performance is the third recital in an ongoing series of recitals benefiting the AMEN food pantry.


The performance will take place at St. John Lutheran Church in Dickinson on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m.

While the recital is free and open to the public, audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to support the food pantry. However, all are invited to attend, even if they cannot afford to donate.

In addition to showcasing the music faculty of Dickinson State University, music students Mackenzie Hicks and Nana Nagashima, and local musicians Ruth Heley and Chris Tibor will also perform in this recital. The program will feature a wide variety of music, including folk songs, opera arias, solo clarinet, art songs, solo horn, chamber music, Chopin, hand bells and guitar.

All performers appear on a voluntary basis and the recital venue, programs, and publicity are all donated. This allows for all donations to go directly to the food pantry.

“If Music Be the Food – Dickinson”, is a satellite of the benefit series started by Carol Rodland, a faculty member at Eastman School of Music. The original series began in 2009 in Rochester, New York, and, in addition to Dickinson, there are now satellite series in Tampa, Tucson, New York, and New Jersey.

The Dickinson series presents recitals every February and August, at times when the food pantry tends to run low. Past recitals have taken in over 450 pounds of food and nearly $300 in cash donations. We hope to continue increasing those figures at this recital with the help of our generous community.

For more information, please see www.ifmusicbethefood.com or contact Kelsey K. Rogers at Kelsey.rogers@dickinsonstate.edu.

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