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Classical 101

If Music Be the Food of Love – Make Mine Chocolate

With the Valentine’s Day festivities behind us, you might well have had all of the chocolate you can stand.  Chocolate hearts, flowers, sauces, chocolate-dipped strawberries, your dreams are no longer in color, but in white, milk, and dark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEF3qwKv3Wc

Allow me to mention the subject once more, if you will.  For some of us, chocolate is not simply for special occasions, unless that occasion is a day ending in Y.  Chocolate goes with a variety of things.  It pairs well with various wines and scotches, for instance. Coffee is always a great accompaniment.  Actually, I would be better off listing the things with which chocolate does not go. Ummm…uhhh…I’ll get back to you on that.

Cellist Joshua Roman is an admitted chocoholic. He is also a musician and music lover. It only stood to readson that he would pair two of his favorite things..  

Josh recently presented a performance with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, he called, “Cello & Chocolate: An Exploration of the Senses.”  It all started when a friend of his gave him some bacon chocolate from Vosges Haut Chocolat, an upscale Chicago shop.  In Roman’s words, “I became addicted.” So much so that he is a regular at the chocolatier’s kiosk at Gate B6 at O’Hare Airport to place an order.  Something tells me he may be spotted in Chicago on a regular basis.

In an article in the Chicago Tribune, Donna Vickroy said much research went into the performance pairings.  Roman would end up sampling some 25 different truffles.  To quote a great scholar…”Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  Apparently, a performance by Josh Roman is much the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJh59vZ8ccc