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UNICEF: The Berliner Philharmoniker to give benefit concert for Haiti – Live on the Web

NEW YORK/GENEVA/BERLIN 18 February 2010 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida are dedicating a concert on Saturday, 20 February (8:00 p.m. GMT +1)  to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All proceeds from the concert and the Digital Concert Hall webcast will be donated to UNICEF’s emergency assistance for children in Haiti.

Classical music fans all over the world can watch the concert online live in the Digital Concert Hall at www.berliner-philharmoniker.de.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
Mitsuko Uchida Piano

György Ligeti
San Francisco Polyphony
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 2

“We are giving the concert on the 20 February to raise money for the catastrophe in Haiti,” said Sir Simon Rattle, asking people to watch the concert (which is sold out in the Philharmonie) live in the Digital Concert Hall. “As the proceeds from every online ticket will go directly to UNICEF, please join us, enjoy the concert and help us at the same time.”

The Berliner Philharmoniker has been an international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007.

The orchestra’s Berlin concerts are broadcast live at www.berliner-philharmoniker.de and are available in a video archive within a few days.

Background on the concert:
Round table discussion on YouTube with Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida,  Sabine Christiansen (UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador), Emmanuel Pahud and Pamela Rosenberg (General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker).

A video message from Sir Simon Rattle:

For further information, please contact:
Veronique Taveau, UNICEF Geneva, 011 41 22 909 5716  e-mail: vtaveau@unicef.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, + 212 326 7452  e-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org




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