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January 15, 2010

Proceeds from National Symphony Orchestra concert to benefit Haitian relief effort

This press release just in from the NSO:

The Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) today announced that proceeds from the Friday, January 22 performance by the NSO will benefit the relief efforts underway in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck January 12 ... prior to the NSO concert, the Millennium Stage will feature a Haitian-themed performance at 6 p.m.

“In this time of crisis, it is important for us to take heed, and take responsibility for helping those who urgently need aid,” said Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.

The NSO program will begin with a special performance of “Air on the G String” from Bach’s Suite No. 3 in D major. Principal Conductor Iván Fischer will conduct the Bach selection, and then will continue with the previously announced program: Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 ... and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde ...

Proceeds will be sent to the Haiti Relief and Development Fund of the American Red Cross.

The NSO's Haiti Relief Benefit Concert will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Tickets are from $25 to $85. Call 202-467-4600 or go the orchestra's Web site.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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