Juilliard students help fight hunger with benefit concert

Posted on: June 14, 2013

An article in Tuesday’s (6/11) Daily News Leader (Staunton, Va.) reports, “Enjoy the complex instrumentation of classical music while helping to feed the hungry at the Music Feeds Us Concert Series on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, Juilliard graduate students Fitz Gary (viola) and Avery Waite (cello) collaborated to bring the first Music Feeds Us concert to their hometown of Charlottesville, which raised $6,483 and brought in 482 pounds of food for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank—an equivalent of 26,333 meals. This year, Gary and Waite perform with two guest violinists forming a string quartet … Gary and Waite were motivated to give back after learning about the Music for Food in Boston, a free benefit concert that donates to the Greater Boston Food Bank … Gary and Waite are both graduates of Charlottesville High School and Tandem Friends School and long-time participants in the Charlottesville Youth Orchestra. Gary received his Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Waite received his BM in cello performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, in Oberlin, Ohio. Gary is pursuing a master’s at Juilliard, and Waite completed his master’s at Juilliard last year.”

Posted June 14, 2013