Every so often an opportunity comes along to benefit one of our FRESHFARM Markets programs in an unlikely, yet deeply rewarding way. On Sunday, September 21 at 6 p.m., FRESHFARM Markets is lucky enough to be presenting a very special evening of chamber music with iconic American composer, Mr. Philip Glass. The evening will benefit our Matching Dollars program, which helps make fresh food more affordable to customers who spend their government nutritional benefits (SNAP, WIC, Senior FMNP) at market by matching every purchase made up to $15.
This will be Philip’s second visit to DC specifically to lend his musical brilliance to our fundraising efforts. Ticket sales from his first concert held in conjunction with the venerable Phillips Collection museum, a longtime neighborhood partner of ours, also went to Matching Dollars. It was one of the highlights of our 2011 events calendar! Much to the disappointment of many Glass fans, the concert sold out much too fast.
We have since moved our offices into a spectacular location in the Penn Quarter neighborhood - the First Congregational United Church of Christ – that sits just between our City Center DC and Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Markets farmers markets. The sanctuary of the church provides us with the extraordinary opportunity to host a large number of people in a striking, acoustically-superior, minimalist and spare environment that matches Philip’s music so beautifully.
This will be an intimate evening with one of the world’s most ground-breaking musicians, who has been called a classicist ‘pop star’ by the Village Voice. He has also been recognized as one of the “greatest ambassadors serious music has had in our lifetime.”
Glass is not just world renowned in his own right as a prolific composer of operas, chamber music and film scores. During his long career he has partnered with some of the most important artists, songwriters, set designers, writers and filmmakers of this century. One of these is a relative newcomer, the virtuoso violinist Tim Fain. According to the Village Voice, Fain is one of the few soloists for whom Glass has composed solo material. When asked why Glass answered, ‘Because he’s that good.” Tim has garnered rave reviews, not just for his own unique compositions, but for his film score contributions including Black Swan (in which he also starred) and 12 Years A Slave. We look forward to a hauntingly mesmerizing program.
The concert will be followed by a Q & A session led by a FRESHFARM favorite son, writer Sam Fromartz, whose business acumen is sometimes surpassed by his bread-baking abilities! (Sam will be signing his latest book at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market on Sunday, September 7th ) An unlikely addition to a music program? Not exactly. Sam is a longtime fan of Philip’s and he can’t wait to host.
Tickets for the concert are $125. Tickets for the VIP experience including dinner with Philip and Tim, cocktails, the performance & parking are $500.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.
We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a spectacular and unforgettable evening.
~ Amanda Phillips Manheim,
FRESHFARM Markets Director of Fundraising and Advancement