Student and faculty performers will use their artistry to fight hunger through a new concert series at CCM. Working in collaboration with the Music for Food national hunger relief initiative, these chamber music concerts benefit Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

CCM’s Music for Food concert series commences at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, with a program of works by Bach, Brahms, Mahler and Mozart performed by CCM’s string quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, along with faculty artist Lydia Brown and graduate student Andrew Manea. The series continues at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3.

Both performances take place in Room 300 of CCM’s Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, an intimate space that provides the perfect setting for an afternoon of chamber music.

In lieu of paid admission, concert attendees are asked to provide non-perishable food items or a cash donation. All proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

CCM’s Music for Food concert series is coordinated by the members of the Ariel Quartet, along with Associate Professor of Opera Lydia Brown and Associate Professor of Voice Gwen Coleman Detwiler.

About Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank
The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The organization distributes 20 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports more than 250 community partners in 20 counties throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, including food kitchens, homeless shelters, emergency food pantries and social service centers.

By providing emergency food distribution, the Freestore Foodbank responds to the issue of poverty and food insecurity in our community and provides an array of services (emergency clothing, housing services, SNAP assistance, Medicaid outreach and others) aimed at creating self-reliance. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America and United Way.

The Freestore Foodbank is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more by visiting

About Music for Food
Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. The organization’s concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.

Now in its sixth season, Music for Food has created over 250,000 meals through donations made at concerts on behalf of more than a dozen hunger-relief organizations. Started in Boston, Music for Food now has chapters in nine US cities. More than 100 artists and ensembles have performed for Music for Food worldwide.

Music for Food is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more by visiting

Concert Repertoire for Feb. 28
BACH: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 – Jan Grüning, viola
MOZART: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493 – Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Lydia Brown, piano
MAHLER: Selections from Rückert-Lieder – Andre Manea, baritone; Lydia Brown, piano
BRAHMS: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 – Ariel Quartet

Performance Time
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28

Room 300, Dieterle Vocal Arts Center
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Non-perishable food items or a donation to the Freestore Foodbank. Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

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