MINNEPOLIS – The Minnesota Orchestra will accept donations for the American Red Cross International Response Fund to benefit victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan at this weekend’s concerts, and will donate all proceeds from sales of this week’s digital download – a performance of Sibelius’ Symphony No . 5 – to the same relief effort.
Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the April 1 and 2 performances also feature Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela and works by Grieg and Lundquist. The concerts will be dedicated to the people of Japan.
As part of the Orchestra’s Music on Demand program, the Sibelius Symphony No. 5 will be recorded live by Minnesota Public Radio at the performance on Friday, April 1 and be available for digital download beginning Monday, April 4 at minnesotaorchestra.org/musicondemand. The cost for downloading the entire work is $4.99. All download sales proceeds through Sunday, April 17, will be donated to the American Red Cross’ International Response Fund.
The Minnesota Orchestra launched its Music on Demand project in May 2010 with free downloads of Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. The program continues this season with downloads of works by Berlioz, Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius which are made available to the public just days after their original Orchestra Hall performance.
Each download offers the first movement free for registered users and the entire work for a fee ranging from $4.99 to $7.99, based on the length of the work. The final download of the season will be offered on June 13: a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina burana.
The Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts, “Nordic Landscapes” will be held at Orchestra Hall April 1-2, 8:00 p.m. Osmo Vänskä will be conducting with Steven Campbell, tuba; Marni J. Hougham, English horn.
The proceeds from the Sibelius Symphony downloads and concert donations will support the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. Donor support will enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of these disasters. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.