Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief, is coming to Chicago. Originating in Boston, Music for Food is a concert series that raises resources and donations for local food pantries, and awareness in the fight against hunger. Founded by violist Kim Kashkashian in 2010, “Music for Food has created over 100,000 meals through donations made at concerts on behalf of more than a dozen hunger-relief organizations.” Now, Mira Luxion – a former graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music – is bringing Music for Food to the Windy City.

While in Boston, Luxion was very passionate about Music for Food, and frequently attended concerts. “Music for Food is a great way to have a tangible affect and touch people through music. It’s a way to affect people in a positive way.” After moving to Chicago in the fall of 2014, Luxion contacted Kashkashian and proposed that she pilot a Music for Food event in Chicago.

After receiving the go-ahead from Kashkashian, Luxion took off in her preparations for a concert event. The first Chicago-based Music for Food concert will be on Sunday, April 12 at 5:00pm, benefitting the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry – attendees are encouraged to bring a cash or check donation, or any non-perishable food items. PianoForte Foundation is providing their performance space (1335 S. Michigan Ave) for the event, “which is great, because the South Loop Food Pantry is just two blocks away. It helps raise even more awareness when the event is so close to the food pantry.”

The response to Luxion’s efforts to organize the event has been encouraging. “Talking to people about the project has been a very positive experience. Musicians have wanted to play, which is great, and I’m very excited to see how the concert goes so we can make as many people aware of Music for Food as possible.”

Sunday’s concert will feature various chamber works by Mozart, Schubert, and Frühling. The focus on chamber music was intentional, according to Luxion. “I love chamber music, because of the communicative aspect – the way you’re able to share the close interaction of the music and the musicians with the audience. I really think that PianoForte’s space will be conducive to a positive and exciting chamber music experience.”

For more information about Music for Food, and the first Chicago-based event, please visit musicforfoodboston.org.