Music for Food
Friday, June 26 • 7:00 PM
(premier on YouTube)


Music for Food is delighted to present an online concert by our dear friends at Lawrence University on June 26, 2020, at 7:00 PM Central Time.

Music for Food is a nonprofit organization that uses concerts to generate funds for food pantries; turning the ineffable into the tangible. In this time of pandemic that has revealed and exacerbated devastating imbalances in our society’s distribution of resources, musicians can still use their art to combat the food insecurity crisis.

Piano students from Lawrence University have generously donated their talents to create a beautiful video program to benefit St. Joseph’s food pantry in Appleton, WI.

On June 26, listeners can tune into the video premier on YouTube and donate at All proceeds from this concert will be sent to St. Joseph’s. Please designate your gifts as “St. Joe’s Food Program” when you donate. We do hope you’ll join us for this wonderful performance!

A message from John Albrecht:

Cathy Kautsky (LU Professor of Piano who has performed in our sanctuary) approached me last April with her plans for this project, knowing our congregation as “both socially conscious and musically inclined.” With recording assistance from Jonathan Steffen (our Technology Coordinator) for those students sheltering in Appleton, and the work of many others, Cathy has brought her project to life. We know you will enjoy hearing these pianists (several of them playing our Sanctuary Steinway), and we encourage your support of St. Joe’s Food Program!

A message from Cathy Kautsky:

When on-campus instruction ceased, our performances became virtual rather than live, and our lives were transformed. This video is a testimony to both dislocation and transformation: some students recorded on a beautiful instrument in Appleton, others recorded on electronic keyboards in tiny apartments or in studios halfway across the world. All of us, though, came to depend on our music-making more than ever, and all of us thought about the different ways in which music can nourish a world in deep need of restoration.

Our hope is that this beautiful music can serve our own community in both body and soul.

We’re honored to work with Music for Food, for no organization better represents the role of musicians in the fight for social justice. Any contribution you make will be processed through the Music for Food national organization.

No administrative costs will be deducted, and all donations will immediately be sent to St Joe’s Food Pantry in the Fox Valley, so that they can be distributed wherever need is greatest.

We would be honored if you join us, both through listening and through making a donation. We want to make our music count!

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