New York Philharmonic Launches Food Drive

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The New York Philharmonic and the Food Bank for New York City will launch a weeklong city-wide campaign for hunger awareness tomorrow.

Concertgoers and members of the public are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food to the Josie Robertson Plaza of Lincoln Center, directly in front of Avery Fisher Hall. Musicians of the New York Philharmonic, with guest artists conductor David Robertson and violinist Gil Shaham, will be on hand to accept donations.

At 6:45 p.m. tomorrow, Lincoln Center's iconic fountain will be turned on and will glow orange (the national color for hunger awareness) for a week, during which time Philharmonic musicians, artists and conductors will also wear orange ribbons.

The campaign will continue through this weekend's Philharmonic concerts. Donations will be accepted in the Avery Fisher Hall lobby for one hour before each concert and for one-half hour after curtain time. The October 19 concert begins at 7:30 pm; the October 20 and 21 events at 8 pm; the program is Prokofiev's complete score for Sergei Eisenstein's film Alexander Nevsky, with contralto Meredith Arwady and the New York Choral Artists joining the orchestra and Philharmonic Associate Conductor Xian Zhang.

The Food Bank for New York City, the only food bank in the city, was founded in 1983 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the city's hungry. The Food Bank supplies the food for over 250,000 meals a day for New Yorkers in need.


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