The Toledo Symphony joins Orchestras Feeding America

Posted Mar 17th, 2009 by Julie Heigel  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


The Toledo Symphony will participate in Orchestras Feeding America, the first national food drive involving America’s symphony orchestras. The Toledo Symphony will be collecting non-perishable food at concerts taking place on March 27, 28 and 29 at the Peristyle and in the Peristyle Lobby. The food will be donated to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Inc.

The food drive will be part of a three-performance weekend for the Toledo Symphony. On Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, the Toledo Symphony, under Christoph Campestrini, performs music of power and passion; Tchaikovsky’s searing “Romeo and Juliet” and Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” and “Tannhauser”. The program will also include Kikta’s beautiful new Harp Concerto featuring the Orchestra’s Nancy Lendrim. On Sunday March 29, the Toledo Symphony will celebrate the immense musical talent of our region’s young people in a special Toledo Symphony concert. Toledo students and winners of the 2008 Young Artists Competition, Thomas Stuart, violin and Andrea Darmahkshi, piano are featured soloists in music by Saint-Saens and Greig. The Toledo Youth Orchestra will join the Toledo Symphony on stage for side-by-side performances of Berlioz’s Hungarian March and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Items that will be accepted are dry foods and non-food items such as soap, conditioner and diapers (no baby food, formula or homemade items, please). For a complete list of needed items, visit

Said Renee Goubeaux, Toledo Symphony cellist, “We all aware of the effects of this economic crisis, but we cannot let that stop us from helping our neighbors in greater need. Our orchestra’s music uplifts people, but with this project we can do more to support the community that has supported us for so long.”

To date, nearly 200 orchestras have come together to combat hunger in their communities through Orchestras Feeding America, and the number of participants is growing daily. The project will take place in March and April, and is organized by the League of American Orchestras, which represents the nation’s professional, volunteer, and youth orchestras, and Feeding America’s network of over 200 food banks. The drive was inspired by the true story of the upcoming film The Soloist and is part of the Social Action campaign Participant Media is facilitating for the film.

One in eight Americans is at risk of hunger. According to the USDA, there are 36 million people at risk of hunger in the U.S.; 12 million of them are children. In December 2008, Feeding America conducted a survey of 160 food banks nationwide – the results were troubling; food banks reported a 30 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance, compared to one year ago.

The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., will be released on April 24th. The film is based on the true story of the relationship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player whose mental illness landed him among the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Soloist, is a testament to the redemptive power of music and a reminder of our connections to the most vulnerable among us.

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