“When she joined the Tucson Symphony Orchestra four years ago fresh out of grad school, violist Candice Amato knew there was one thing she was really going to miss after leaving the Eastman School in Rochester, New York.,” writes Cathalena E. Burch in Tuesday’s (4/23) Arizona Daily Star (Tucson). “Each year, she and fellow students and Eastman faculty would put on a chamber concert to aid the community’s food-insecure population through a program started by viola professor Carol Rodland. When she told Rodland how much she would miss the experience, Rodland suggested she start her own event in Tucson. On Sunday, April 28, Amato will join a handful of University of Arizona faculty and students and some of her TSO colleagues including Music Director José Luis Gomez on violin to perform the fourth annual ‘If Music Be the Food’ concert. Proceeds from donations of non-perishable food items and cash will benefit the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank. ‘We’re all doing this because we love to play chamber music and we love to connect with our community,’ Amato said. Since it began, Tucson’s ‘If Music Be the Food’ series has raised about $1,000 cash and 800 pounds of food.”

Posted April 25, 2019