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Young Artists Against Hunger

Shaftman Performance Hall • Presented By Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets are $15  Proceeds benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia

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Reception & Art Sale: 6:30 - 7:30
Performance: 7:30pm

Feeding America Southwest Virginia and the area’s best young artists have formed a unique collaborative partnership to host the first annual Young Artists Against Hunger.

The mission of these young artists, including chefs, visual artists and musicians is to form a crusade to help increase financial support for the Food Bank, as well as raise awareness about the struggles of hunger that continue to plague thousands of local men, women and children.  This powerful event, The Young Artists Against Hunger, is made possible through the generous donations of students from Radford University Percussion Ensemble; Salem Jazz Quartet; David Taylor, pianist from Southern Virginia University; Delany Gustafson from Southern Virginia University ; Roanoke College Children’s Concert Choir; Virginia Western Community College’s Fine Arts Department; School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech; Burton School of Arts; and Virginia Western Community College’s Communication Design Department.

The Young Artists Against Hunger will be an evening of lively fun showcasing gifted local artists while supporting the Food Bank’s mission to feed the hungry. There will be food and cocktails, an art sale, visual arts, and music performed by some of Southwest Virginia’s most talented youth.


Young Artists Against Hunger is a collaborative platform to showcase the talent of these artists and cultivate their aspirations while at the same time generate awareness and support to reach out to those in need of food assistance.

Aspiring young artists are eagerly pursuing suitable opportunities to share their gifts with others, and we think Young Artists Against Hunger is a wonderful venue to do just that!

In addition to providing a platform to display the gifts of our talented youth, this event will provide our youth with a wonderful volunteer opportunity, raise awareness and funds to support our efforts helping to advance the mission of the Food Bank.

Artist Descriptions

David Taylor is a senior at Southern Virginia University pursuing a major in music and pre-dental studies. He has studied the piano since age 7 and the oboe since age 11. During his time at SVU David studied piano with Christine Anderson Williams and oboe with Joanna Whitehouse.  David's foremost musical interest is the romantic literature for the piano and especially the works of Frederic Chopin.

Founded in 1987 by Kimberly Davidson, the Roanoke College Children’s Choir has grown to include over 280 children from throughout the Roanoke Valley and surrounding communities.  Both Ms. Davidson and the RCCC are celebrating the 26th anniversary year of the Children’s Choir.  The Roanoke College Children’s Choir is committed to providing a musical experience designed to give children a most valuable gift……..growth that is personal as well as musical.

Delaney Gustafson is a witty singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon who captures her audiences through her words, chords and optimism about life. She has been writing her own music and lyrics since her late father was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Delaney writes her music to share her hope and happiness with others, and to pay tribute to her father and the love of music they shared. Delaney has premiered her music in concerts and benefit concerts on both sides of the country, supporting a variety of causes.

The Radford University Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Dr.Rob Sanderl, and is required of any full time music student in the percussion studio.  The ensemble focuses on chamber percussion works from all time periods, and rarely performs with a conductor so as to gain a truly immersive chamber music experience.

The Milberger Section Quartet is a group of 4 young musicians that met through The Jefferson Center’s Music Lab Program. They have gigged around town together playing at private parties and jam sessions. They are all extremely talented musicians. Saxophone player Jonathan Milberger attends Salem High School. Drummer Levi Fulton, guitarist Carter Wilson and Bass player Devin Arrington all attend Patrick Henry High school. They play a mix of jazz standards, Jazz Fusion, ballads, original compositions, and self-arranged pieces.

Visit www.faswva.org for more information about Feeding America Southwest Virginia