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A dessert concert of the final works of W.A. Mozart, that will launch a series of events pairing food and chamber music.
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The Gusto Chamber Players was born when a group of New York area musicians came together to read some chamber music. We discovered a mutual love of music and food, and decided to merge the two to present themed performances pairing music and food in an intimate and informal setting. 

Our debut is Death By Clarinet, Death By Dessert: A Dessert Concert of the Final Works of W.A. Mozart. The evening will include a three-course Austrian dessert menu prepared by Natasha Li Pickowicz, pastry chef of Foragers City Table, alongside works featuring clarinet written at the end of Mozart's life. 

The menu:

'Parto, Parto, Ma Tu Ben Mio' / 'When in Rome' ApfelstrudelWe are premiering a chamber ensemble arrangement of this aria from one of Mozart's last operas, La Clemenza di Tito, and it will feature our soprano Ling Lopez. As the opera is set in Rome, the Apfelstrudel is inspired by Apicius, the famous collection of Roman recipes, and will be seasoned with anise, fennel, and other spices.


Clarinet Trio KV 498 'Kegelstatt' / 'Nannerl' Nockerl
The 'Kegelstatt Trio' was one of Mozart's first chamber works to include clarinet, and it also features viola and piano. Alongside this piano work we will serve the Nannerl Nockerl; a dessert egg-souffle named in honor of Mozart's sister Nannerl, who was one of the best advocates and performers of Mozart's piano repertoire.

Clarinet Quintet K. 581 / The 'Quintet' Torte
The clarinet quintet is the last piece Mozart wrote to feature clarinet, and it is considered one of the earliest and best-composed pieces for the instrument. As there are five distinct voices in the clarinet quintet, you'll taste five distinct flavors in our Quintet Torte, which will include dark chocolate, liqueur, hazelnut, cinnamon, and fruit preserves.

Tastings of dessert wines, and hot drinks will be also be served.

The details:

When? Sunday, January 11th at 6 PM and 8 PM

Where? Foragers City Table - 300 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

The Gusto Chamber Players are Eun Lee - Clarinet, Laura Hutton - Violin, Ling Lopez - Violin and Soprano, Erin Ellis - Viola and Violin, Jae Hee Park - Cello, and Jae Kyo Han - Piano.

By contributing to our campaign, you will not only launch our debut, but you will help pave the way for an ongoing series of food-and-music-inspired events. Save room for dessert, and we'll see you at the table!

Risks and challenges

Our biggest concern is meeting our fundraising goal! Between our six musicians we have decades of performance experience under our belts, and the folks at Foragers sure know what they're doing in the kitchen, so as long as we have the funds, all will go as planned.

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    Recipe for ONE of the fabulous desserts our concert attendees will enjoy on January 11!

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    Recipe for THREE of the fabulous desserts our concert attendees will enjoy on January 11!

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    Standing room only! Want to come enjoy the music and desserts but don't need a seat? Sign up for a standing room ticket! You'll also receive a PDF of three recipes and a shout-out on social media.

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    One concert ticket for the January 11th event at Foragers, and a shout-out on our social media (We think this is the BEST reward!)

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    All of the above, plus your choice of delicious Mozart Balls (an Austrian marzipan truffle encrusted with pistachio and dark chocolate) or Spice Kid to make your own Gluhwein.

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    Get BOTH the delicious Mozart Balls (an Austrian marzipan truffle encrusted with pistachio and dark chocolate) AND Spice Kit to make your own Gluhwein.

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    Two tickets to the concert, AND you and your date each get your choice of the Mozart Balls or Spice Kit for your own homemade Gluhwein.

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    Hang out with Gusto! Come enjoy complimentary food and drink, meet the musicians, and see the rehearsal process in action, while still enjoying all the fun perks listed above.

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    Ever wanted to have a lesson on violin, viola, cello, clarinet, piano, or voice? Come have a lesson with one of our fantastic musicians! And on top of that, enjoy all the great rewards mentioned above. NYC area lessons in person, other states via Skype.

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    After your VIP concert experience, we'll design a Gusto Chamber Experience in your home for you and your friends.
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