As the finale to a rewarding summer partnership, Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony present the Taste Your Music Benefit Concert at The Hamilton Live (600 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005) on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The event celebrates the culmination and success of Taste Your Music, a community outreach project that sponsored a series of culinary chamber concerts and educational programs at local food and service providers during summer 2015. The Benefit Concert joins Taste Your Music’s charity and culinary partners, Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony musicians, and DC’s philanthropic community to create social change through the musical and culinary arts. Tickets start at $99 and are on sale at www.gourmetsymphony.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the project’s charity partners—Bread for the City, Miriam’s Kitchen, and So Others Might Eat (SOME).
Following Gourmet Symphony’s celebrated approach to reimagining the symphonic music experience, the Benefit Concert will showcase a menu of curated cocktails, cuisine, and classical music that highlights the cultural and historical connections between food and music. The nontraditional atmosphere encourages guests to explore the venue, meet the musicians, and engage with the orchestra and each other through conversation and social media. The evening’s program features a four-course dinner and paired beverage menu masterfully designed by Taste Your Music culinary partners, Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo of The Hamilton and Andrew Markert of Beuchert’s Saloon, in collaboration with Gourmet Symphony’s artistic and culinary curators. Each pairing draws inspiration from the composers’ cultural heritage, the lyrics sung, and Taste Your Music’s custom-designed meals, which were served to and enjoyed by hundreds of DC residents in need over the summer.
Led by Maestro John Devlin, the Gourmet Symphony orchestra, composed of young professional musicians from across the greater-Washington area, will once again delight attendees with its energy, dynamism, and musicianship. The ensemble will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major, Mvts. I & IV and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, both featuring acclaimed soprano Mandy Brown as guest soloist. In addition, the orchestra will be joined by musicians from project partner Capital City Symphony in special performances of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mvt. I and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Mvt. I. Musicians from the two ensembles come together to show their commitment to Taste Your Music, raise awareness for the charity partners’ causes, and garner support for future socially-conscious arts programming in the DC area.
For more details about this event, visit www.gourmetsymphony.org/tymbenefitconcert.