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Domingo joins Met for Verdi Trade Center benefit
Metropolitan Opera artists and star guests will be contributing their services this weekend at a Verdi evening to aid the relief effort for the World Trade Center tragedy.

Conductor James Levine will lead the company orchestra and chorus in a star-studded program featuring GMN Family Artist Placido Domingo in act III of Otello and Deborah Voigt in act I of Un Ballo in Maschera. Tenor Roberto Alagna is also understood to be taking part.

The New York Philharmonic has also announced a performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem this Thursday in Avery Fisher Hall, with net proceeds going to World Trade Center disaster relief. The memorial concert will feature soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, baritone Thomas Hampson, the New York Choral Artists and The American Boychoir, conducted by Kurt Masur.

In the US and around the globe this week musicians were altering their plans and programs in response to last week’s outrage.

The Philadelphia Orchestra was considering cancelling its US tour to Dallas, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Kalamazoo, Mich., and eight other cities.

When the Count Basie Orchestra was unable to arrive in Kansas City to perform last weekend, the Kansas City Symphony rose to the task of putting together a program in a memorial to the events of last week.

"Music allows us to feel the unspeakable," Janelle O'Brien, a violinist with the symphony, told the Kansas City Star. "Music gives you permission to let go, to let out those emotions that are deemed inappropriate to express in normal social circumstances."

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philhamonic were due to have signed the final documents relating to his new post as conductor of the orchestra, but the ceremony was postponed out of respect.

Sir Simon was due to take part in a joining together of three of Berlin's finest symphony orchestras - the Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle of the Deutsche Staatsoper, and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper - in Berlin's Philharmonie for a concert entitled: "In Friendship and Solidarity." The official announcement described it as "in memory of the victims of the cruel terrorist attack in the USA and in heart-felt solidarity."

Germany's Federal President Johannes Rau was due to attend the event, for which he has assumed personal sponsorship.

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester has scheduled a performance of the Mozart Requiem in western Berlin's trademark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, deliberately left half- ruined as a solemn reminder of the horrors of war right in the middle of downtown western Berlin. The concert's announcement says: "With this concert the musicians want to give expression to their solidarity with the American people and the many persons affected by this misfortune."

The London Proms also changed the program for its famous Last Night last week, choosing more sombre music to replace traditional jollities.

Tue Sep 18 2001 (8:32:06 AM)

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