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Vienna Philharmonic to play benefit gig for Japan

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VIENNA (AP) -- The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna's State Opera say they will stage a benefit concert next month to help the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

The orchestra, opera company and other organizers said Friday that all proceeds from the May 18 performance will go to the Japanese Red Cross. An opera statement also said conductor Daniele Gatti and orchestra members will forgo their performance fees.

The ensemble -- one of the world's best orchestras -- will play Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony at the opera house to mark the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death.

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